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8 fascinating ways to clean your microwave

From personalities, to interests, to eating, my children are two very different little people.

Kids don’t know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. In fact, it seems that kids often form opinions about food that they’ve never even tasted! Moms, how many of you have had a conversation like this:

Thanks to some sort of cruel and ironic twist of fate (or more than likely, my need to learn patience), meal time and feeding kids has been quite a stressful experience for this food loving mom. Here are a few of the ways you can make food a little more exciting.

1. Removing food-splatter and gunk from the inside

Place a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped up lemon, lime or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar in your appliance. Turn the machine on high for several minutes (or until the solution boils and the window is steamy). Let it cool for 15 minutes before opening the door, then remove the bowl and wipe the inside with a sponge.

2. Wiping down the greasy door

Clean the rubber gasket around the door with a sponge dampened with water only. If the window is greasy, clean with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, then dry. You can also wipe your microwave down with your favorite all-purpose cleaner.

3. Dusting the exterior

This is another place you can utilize your all-purpose cleaner. Just make sure you spray the cleaner on a cloth or sponge, and not directly on the appliance, or you may risk cleaner getting into the vent holes. "You don't want cleaner getting into the inner workings of the microwave. And don't spray the control panel directly either," Forte says.

4. Working on more stubborn spots

You can wash most removable pieces, like the turntable, in the dishwasher or a sink full of sudsy water. Just make sure you read your manufacturer's manual beforehand

5. Cleaning it more often

If you want to make your cleaning experience easier next time, Forte recommends wiping down your appliance every couple of days, depending on how often you use it and, of course, right after something splatters so bits don't bake on. You'll thank yourself later.

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