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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Tip For Tuesday~ Microwaveable Matters

This woman is smiling because someone else cleans her microwave.

I hate cleaning my microwave. My microwave hangs above my cooktop. Microwaves placed at this height are a nuisance for a woman who is 5”4 (and shrinking).

I have to really S T R E T C H and stand on my tip toes to clean junk like this:

Now obviously that was not my microwave. My microwave has never been that bad ~ cough, cough.

Over the years I have used various cleaning tips such as place a container of water inside and boil it, let it set for a few minutes to build up steam. The crusty goo will loosen enough for you to wipe off.

But this method still requires S T R E T C H I N G and cleaning.

I also tried begging asking my family to cover their food with a paper towel to control splatters in the first place. (You should never use plastic wrap in the microwave. You can read why HERE.)

Instead I usually heard the words mother’s love to hear.

“I forgot.”

Or the towels ended up looking like this:

A few weeks ago I was cruising the aisles of Wal Mart for….something…. I can’t remember. I found myself in the section where they sell microwaves. I saw something on the shelves that made me stop my cart so fast my apple juice and milk sloshed like a tsunami within their containers.

It was a plastic microwave plate cover.

I couldn’t throw it in the cart quick enough. I paid my $3, took it home, explained it’s purpose to the family and…..

It works!

It is just left in the microwave waiting and ready at all times. As I said it has been a few weeks now, and no one has “forgotten” to use it because it is RIGHT THERE. I also saw that Target carries these chore saving gems.

About once a week I take the cover out and give it a good cleaning in a sink of hot, soapy water. My microwave has remained spotless. It makes me feel a little like her:

 Run, don’t walk! You’ll thank me later.

Laura

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25 comments :

Auntie Em said...

I am going to have to go shopping! I put a couple spoonfuls of vinegar in the water before I stick it in the MWO and after it has boiled it does seem to clean better but it is easier to prevent the mess than to try and clean it later!
Hope your house hunting is going well. Cheers!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhh I NEED one of those!!!!

Sandy said...

Thanks for this wonderful tip! I am so getting one of these, my microwave is high up too and for a barely 5ft. and shrinking gal like me I have to use a step stool to clean it.

Bloggymom said...

My grandmother had one of those. I need to get myself of of those as well.

Teresa said...

I have one of those too. And I got it cheaper :D (just saying ahahahah) but we don't use microwave very much at home - for the odd popcorn and not much more.

But it's a must-have for those who do use it.

Jill Elaine said...

My Mom and my sister both have these. And for some reason they are always just in my way!?!! What is wrong with me? It seems like I always have something that is to tall or too big to fit under it. Now that I think about it I did have my own and I got rid of it! Don't hate me - I don't like my dirty microwave either. I must be doing it wrong or something - maybe I should try again!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

My mother gave me one of those recently and it has worked like a dream!

Lisa said...

You clever girl! LOL! Thanks for the tip.:)
PS I'm praying for your move and the perfect house for your family.

Creations By Cindy said...

I really enjoy your post! Gotta get me a microwave cover!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I'm also a less than tall, 5'4" and find it difficult to stretch myself to the back wall of the micro. Usually ask the hubs for help.
I don't like using plastic of any kind in the micro so I guess I'll just keep using the boiling water method.

Vicki said...

Can't write now... I'm on my way to Wal-mart!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Laura, girlfriend....they have had these for years. I think I am on my 4th one. They get yucky too! But they do help...IF, they are used! I keep mine in my microwave also...
Hmmm....what else do I have that you NEED????

The Boston Lady said...

A friend bought me one of those from IKEA for a dollar and it has been the best dollar ever spent. Loved this post! Ann

michele said...

ha!

i am feeling your pain. same placement of the microwave. even shrimpier in height (5'2") and live with 3 men. oy. i must have this lid. thank you. it's the simple things, right?

michele

Sheila said...

What a super great idea! I am going to get me one for sure. Thanks for the tip!!

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

i used the same technique, although for those rectangular casserole dishes, it does not help at all. For those, I use paper towels or glad wrap, to prevent any sputters! :-)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

We've been using these covers for years! Actually bought a supply in the Dollar Store. I'm on my last one, so it is good to know where to find more!

martinealison said...

Le couvercle indispensable pour le micro onde effectivement!...
Gros bisous à vous

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

A spotless microwave, you say? Ok yes sounds good! PS glad that was not a picture of your microwave!

Danielle said...

This is a great tip. I'm so paranoid about plastic wrap and have been looking for something like this! I'm headed to Walmart right away!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us : )

Danielle xo

Patti said...

Oh, I have had one of these for years. They are great, in fact, I am sending two to my son who lives in Hong Kong. He keeps giving his away to his friends who see it at this apartment, this great "American invention". Actually, they probably make them down the street, ship them here, and I send them back to him!

Louise said...

I have a google account so I can comment and don't have to stalk you by email!!

Being exceedingly tall at 5'4" and THREE QUARTERS myself I have no problem reaching the back of the microwave.

None. Not at all. No way.

I love you ottoman cover and think it looks better without piping, and I am so happy to read you sold your house! You will find somewhere to call home.

Jeska said...

I've been using one of those for years and they are great! Hardly ever have to clean the microwave. The microwave container with the heat vent are great as well because you don't have to take off the lid as the steam is released from the vent.

Kelley said...

Oh, yeah, girl!

Liz said...

I'm going to have to find me one of those! :)

Great Idea!
~Liz