Cleaning the Microwave With Baking Soda
Pretty much everyone has dealt with a nasty microwave. Food easily spatters and will stick to the interior surface like glue. This only gets worse if you have family members that are unwilling to wipe it out when it happens. Then the microwave literally cooks the nastiness to the surface. At this point, you need something powerful like baking soda to clean the microwave. Baking soda will do the trick nicely, so follow these directions:
First you want to find a microwave safe cup and fill it about three fourths of the way up with tepid tap water. Put three spoonfuls of baking soda into the water and stir well.
Place a toothpick in the water. This helps the bubbles to form that are needed to heat the water/mixture. Superheating the water can be a danger otherwise. A toothpick works nicely to avoid such accidents.
Heat the mixture in the microwave up to a boil. A minute or two usually does the trick. Let it sit for a few minutes upon completion.
Wipe down the microwave after removing the baking soda with paper towels or a soft cloth. The steam and baking soda will loosen all the particles and make it pretty easy to remove and clean. It also gives a wonderful smell to the microwave.
If your microwave is not terribly messy to start with and you just want to freshen up, you can simply make a cleaning cloth by mixing baking soda and lukewarm water together in a bowl. Dip a rag and use it to wipe down the microwave for a quick freshening.
If you like the smell of baking soda, use it as a freshener in your microwave just as you would in your fridge. Pop a box and keep it in the microwave when you are not using it. Replace it when you finish cooking each time. This will keep your microwave smelling and looking clean all the time!