Microwave Cleansing Hacks: It is the Dirtiest Gadget in Your Kitchen – New Zealand Herald



October 27, 2020, 8:41 pm

Research shows that 80 percent of people don’t clean their microwaves. Photo / Getty Images

Since we cook and eat there, we avoid thinking about how dirty our kitchens can get.

However, a new study shows that one device in particular gets the dirtiest – and we use it a lot. You guessed it, it’s the reliable microwave.

Whether you’re defrosting meat, softening butter, or heating up leftover soup, all kinds of smells and stains are left in this appliance and it could use cleaning a lot more often.

UK cookware store Oliver’s Kitchen has conducted research that, according to Metro UK, 80 percent of people admit they never clean their microwaves. This is disgusting considering the number of times food can spill or spit when heated.

But there is no need for things to get that bad in the kitchen as it is incredibly easy to clean a microwave.

All you have to do is cut a lemon in half, squeeze both pieces in about 120 ml of water in a microwaveable bowl, and then add the squeezed lemon halves to the bowl.

Microwave the bowl for about three minutes, then let stand for about five minutes. When you open the microwave door, you can easily wipe the whole thing off.

But it’s not just our microwaves that could use a spring cleaning in the kitchen. The research also found that 69 percent of people don’t clean their oven regularly either.

And 48 percent admitted that they don’t clean their refrigerators either. In another shocking revelation, 21 percent admitted they didn’t wash their hands properly before preparing and cooking food, and didn’t regularly change or wash their tea towels – although they can become homes to all kinds of nasty bacteria.

As spring approaches, it’s the perfect time to do a deep spring cleaning at home – the microwave could be a good place to start.

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