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Household kitchen tip: Deep clean and deodorize the microwave for your health

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When the microwave oven was invented people were leery of using it but as time passed on and they were constructed better they became a very popular kitchen appliance. In fact most people these days have a microwave oven in their kitchens and use them on a daily basis.

Microwave ovens range in size, wattage and can be stored on the countertop, above the stove, on a cart or shelved in an area of the cabinetry that gives the cook easy access to.

Like everything this appliance isn’t exempt from getting dirty. Foods and liquids cooked or heated in the microwave can splatter or spill over leaving a mess. Everyone cleans up after themselves when this happens but it normal cleaning enough?

Not really!

We clean the food particles, drips and spills away and reduce the odor inside so that it isn’t noticeable. Although it looks and smells clean there are mechanisms that can’t be reached and absorb the smells of food cooked leaving us unaware.

Now you can deep clean your microwave and deodorize it too!

It would be nice to rid the oven of all scents visible to our olfactory senses as well our ocular view that we did all we could to keep this appliance clean and in working order for our family’s use.

Here is a little natural recipe to deodorize your microwave after you finish cleaning it down and don’t forget the ceiling of the appliance because many spills that splatter find their way upwards!


  • The peel of a whole lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 large micro-safe bowl


  1. Place all the ingredients into the bowl and place in the center of the microwave oven.
  2. Set the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Do not open the door when the oven signals it is done.
  4. In fact just leave the bowl in the microwave oven for 20 minutes or overnight. The longer you are able to leave the bowl in without opening the door the more intense the smell will be.
  5. Now you have deodorized your microwave with the deep cleaning power of lemon and brought a wonderful aroma to the inside that is appealing to all.

Enjoy the clean!

© 2014 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved

Jackson residents can shop at any of these local grocery stores: Pick’n Save or Wal-mart for all the ingredients needed for this recipe.

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