Read on to discover top tips on how to clean your microwave and toaster. These two regularly used appliances tend to be forgotten when cleaning the kitchen.
Follow these quick, expert tips and you’ll have both your microwave and toaster shining and in prime-performing condition.
Cleaning your microwave with lemon
Lemon is the secret all-natural ingredient used to clean many household items and appliances – and the microwave is just one of them. Follow these easy steps to refresh your microwave in minutes using lemon.
Step 1: Combine lemon and water
Cut up the remaining lemon into wedges and squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe bowl. Throw in the wedges and pour 1/2 cup water over the top.
Step 2: Microwave for 3 minutes
Place the bowl in the microwave and set on high for three minutes. Once complete, leave the bowl inside for a further five minutes to steam.
Step 3: Remove bowl and wipe down
Carefully remove the bowl, remembering it will be hot, then wipe all internal surfaces with a damp microfibre cloth.
See more: How to clean your oven
Cleaning your toaster with vinegar
Burnt toast, chunks of crumpet stuck in the grill or excess crumbs can cause dangerous carbon and become a fire hazard. Prevention is key and can be achieved in minutes:
Step 1: Unplug toaster
Make sure your toaster is unplugged and feels cool to touch.
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Step 2: Locate a pencil and paper towel
Cover a pencil with a paper towel, and work the pencil in between the hot irons to remove any lodged debris. Replace the towel if it starts to tear.
Step 3: Empty crumb drawer
Surprisingly many people don’t know there is a tray in all toasters, making it super easy to discard excess waste. This is usually located on the bottom of the toaster, but check your appliance manual for access instructions.
Simply pull out the tray and empty the contents, then wipe clean before reinstalling.
Step 4: Blast out crumbs
Use a hairdryer (set to cool air) to blow through the toaster – blasting out any remaining crumbs. Best to do this one outside or over the sink.
Step 5: Give the outside some shimmer and shine
Cut half a lemon and rub a little salt across the top which will act as a light abrasive. Swirl the lemon gently over the external surface then wipe dry with a paper towel.
Step 6: Apply vinegar to a cloth
Dab some vinegar onto a microfibre cloth then polish the surface, revealing an instant shine especially on silver features.
It really is that easy, and you’ll also enjoy a fresh lemon aroma throughout your kitchen.
Originally published as How to clean microwave and toaster with 2 ingredients by Elke Keeley. Author at realestate.com.au.