How to Clean a Microwave

Cleaning a microwave isn’t difficult but it’s definitely a neglected task – out of sight, out of mind.  Food splatters and spills happen and if your house is anything like mine, it’s much easier to the close the door than wipe up those drips and spills.

How to Clean a Microwave

Fill a glass bowl or measuring cup with 3-4 cups of hot tap water.

Cut a lemon into chunks and place in the warm water.  

Put the bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes). 

Let the steam do its job – don’t open the door for at least 5 minutes.  Let the steam work to dissolve any grease, drips, and grime.  Repeat if you don’t see steam on the inside of the microwave.

Take out the glass plate or tray in your microwave and wash it in your sink or dishwasher.

Wipe the interior of the microwave clean.  If you need a little extra cleaning power spritz with white vinegar or non-toxic all-purpose cleaner.  Use a sponge or a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe clean and rinse and wring as you’re wiping .

Wash and dry the glass plate and return it to the microwave.

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DIY Cleaners : Fruit + Veggie Spray and Soak

Produce Spray + Soak - Naturally Clean Fruit and Veggies - Clean Mama

With the temperature starting to creep up, the produce selections are getting better and better. You may shop exclusively at your local grocery store, use a CSA for produce or have your own garden. No matter where your produce comes from, it is always wise to use a produce wash in order to remove excess dirt, pesticides and bacteria from the surface. Even organic produce may come in contact with safer pesticides so it is important to wash all your produce no matter what the source.

Fruit and Veggie Wash Ingredients

Wondering why I use what I use as ingredients in my produce wash? The apple cider vinegar serves to cut back on the bacteria and pesticides. Lemon juice is naturally anti-microbial so the combination of these two natural ingredients work in tandem to effectively clean your fruits and veggies. Cleaning your produce also helps to extend their freshness, especially if you wash it as soon as you bring it in to your home. Less waste and less money is a win in my book!

Fruit and Veggie Spray 2 - Clean Mama

I’m sharing with you two ways to clean your produce: a spray method and a soak method. The spray method is ideal for washing individual fruits and vegetables while the soak method works well for washing batches of produce or trickier produce like broccoli. You can use the same recipe found below, it’s just used in a different way. Regardless of what method you use, rest assured that your produce is cleaner thanks to two natural ingredients.

Fruit and Veggie Spray:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (I prefer fresh, but if you want to use prepared lemon juice (Costco has an organic lemon juice), make sure it’s only lemon juice, not any other ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup water

Add ingredients to a spray bottle (make sure it’s clean) and shake to combine. I like to use my glass spray bottles found here for this purpose.  I used a little washi tape and permanent marker to make an easy label.

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Spray liberally on fruits and vegetables and rinse in cold water. Prepare as usual.

Spray Fruit - DIY Fruit and Veggie Spray - Clean Mama

I recommend keeping this in the refrigerator for up to a month for optimal freshness. This recipe can easily be doubled or cut in half as well.

Store in the Refrigerator - Clean Mama

Fruit and Veggie Produce Soak:

Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup (amount depends on how much produce you’re washing) of the Fruit and Veggie Wash along with cold water in a large bowl or your freshly cleaned sink to soak your produce.

DIY Fruit and Veggie Soak 1- Clean Mama

Allow your produce to sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This works great for all those fresh berries come summer and the vinegar will help them stay fresh longer.

DIY Fruit and Veggie Soak - Clean Mama

Need to mix up more or less produce wash?  You’ll notice that it’s equal parts water, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice – increase or decrease to fit your needs.

Fruit and Veggie Spray - Clean Mama

This recipe is from my book, The Organically Clean Home – find out more here!

The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

Simplify the Season : Make a Simmer

Natural Air Freshener - Make a Simmer via Clean Mama

Not feeling festive yet?  Try a little simmer – it will get your home smelling festive in a hurry.  Gather any combination of the following ingredients – you only NEED one or two things, but you can combine to your heart’s content.  (This isn’t just for holidays either – it’s a great way to scent your kitchen anytime!)

  • lemons
  • oranges
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • cranberries
  • fresh herbs
  • essential oils (just a drop or two is all you need)
  • 4 cups water

Ingredients for a Natural Air Freshener - Make a Simmer via Clean Mama

Combine ingredients with water in a saucepan and put on your stove.  Set heat to low and let the ingredients simmer away as long as you’d like.  (Keep an eye on the water so it doesn’t boil over or scorch.)

Stovetop Simmer via Clean Mama

 

 

This post is part of a series designed to help you Simplify the Season. You can see all the posts here.

Simplify the Season via Clean Mama

 

 

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