Microwave Oven Tips and Advice
We have put together some bullet points that you can practice in your daily use of your microwave oven.
Steps You Can Take
- Avoid unnecessary splatters by covering dishes with wax paper or paper towels.
- If the oven does not have a removable glass shelf, a plate or paper towel placed under the food (such as baked potatoes) keeps it cleaner.
- Wipe up spills after cooking to keep the oven clean for operational and sanitary reasons.
- Wash regularly with mild detergent and water.
- Rinse and wipe dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
- Be sure to clean around the edge the door and door opening to prevent soil buildup which prevents the door from closing tightly.
- If spots seem dried on, boil water in a glass cup a few minutes; steam will help loosen the particles. Just wipe clean afterward.
- If odors are persistent in your microwave oven;
- either clean the interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup warm water, rinse and dry.
- Or mix 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water in a large glass cup and boil 3-5 minutes. Let cool. Then remove water and wipe dry.
- Never use abrasive pads or powders in your microwave oven.
- Don’t use the microwave for deep-frying, canning, or heating baby bottles. These applications don’t allow adequate temperature control for safe results.
- Stay near the oven when microwaving popcorn, heat buildup can cause a fire. Time heating per instructions but lean toward the shorter time (some ovens can scorch popcorn in two minutes).
- Don’t dry or disinfect clothing or other articles in the microwave because of the risk of fire.
- Use only microwave-safe utensils.
- It’s a good idea to use glass for fatty foods, which get particularly hot, though not all glass and ceramics are microwave-safe.
- Here’s a quick test for glass: Microwave the empty container for one minute. It’s unsafe for the microwave if it’s warm; it’s OK for reheating if it’s lukewarm and it’s OK for actual cooking if it’s cool.