Have you ever opened your microwave to a less-than-pleasant surprise? Mould in microwave corners or on the walls is not just unsightly. It’s a sign that what should be a clean and safe space for preparing your meals, isn’t. Our cleaners inform me this seems to be a growing problem for many of our one-off or end-of-tenancy cleaning clients in London.
But fret not! With a bit of insight and elbow grease, we can tackle this fuzzy foe together. I’m here to help you ensure your microwave remains a safe haven for your culinary exploits. Let me show you how to clean mould in your microwave.
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The problem with microwaves is their entire function facilitates speed. We’re used to opening the door, tossing the food in, shutting it close, and dialing in the timer.
This process takes less than a few seconds so we often don’t even think about checking the condition of our microwaves. We just use them on a daily basis, which creates the perfect conditions for mould.
Your microwave is the ideal temperature and, if you keep the door closed, moisture for the formation of mould. You may think that microwaving your food should kill all the spores and prevent mould, but this is not the case. A microwave is not a treatment for mould or other food pathogens.
Mould in microwaves often manifests as irregular blotches of green, black, white, or even orange hues, accompanied by a distinctive musty odour. It may look like regular food stains if not for the little hairs growing out of splashes. Trust me, if you see it, you can’t mistake it for something else.
Mould is not just an aesthetic issue. It’s a health hazard, particularly for family members with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. It’s the unseen ramifications that mould brings to our health that make it paramount to remove it as quickly as possible.
Before we dive into the fray, let’s gear up. Since we treat food in the microwave, we can’t afford to use toxic oven cleaners or other harsh chemicals.
We’ll use natural products to clean mould from your microwave. Arm yourself with rubber gloves, a mask, and the staples of natural cleaning: white vinegar and baking soda. You can toss in a bit of hydrogen peroxide if you feel like it, but baking soda and white vinegar will be enough to deal with this pest.
Safety is paramount. Unplug your microwave and let it cool down. Remove any internal components like turntables or plates to ensure you have full access to all areas. Put on your mask and gloves.
If the mould situation seems mild, a simple wipe-down with hydrogen peroxide might suffice. However, for more stubborn mould, we need to elevate our efforts.
Mix a half-cup of white vinegar with a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat this mixture in your microwave until it’s steaming and let it sit with the door closed for about 15 minutes. The steam will help loosen the mould, making it easier to wipe away.
For those tough, stubborn spots, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply this to the affected areas, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub gently. The abrasive nature of baking soda will help in removing the mould.
Once you’ve vanquished the mould, wipe down the interior with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the cleaning agents, and dry thoroughly.
The key to keeping mould at bay is regular maintenance. A quick wipe after each use and keeping the door ajar to allow air circulation can work wonders. You can do a deeper cleaning of your microwave every once in a while.
Since mould thrives in moist environments, it’s crucial to keep the interior of your microwave dry. Use microwave-safe covers to minimise splatters and occasionally leave the door open to air out the interior.
It’s best to avoid bleach due to the risk of toxic fumes in such a confined space. Also, avoid other oven cleaners for the same reason.
It’s advisable to clean the microwave thoroughly before use to avoid contaminating your food with mould spores.
Microwaves can kill some species of mould, but not all. To make matters worse, mould creates toxic byproducts so even if your microwave kills it, the food will still not be safe to eat.
Once a week would be ideal. Fortnightly cleaning if you can’t spare the time every week. Or you can book a regular cleaning service if you live in London and our cleaners will do it for you. Make sure to mention your microwave during the booking process, though.
Mould in your microwave isn’t just a cleaning task. It’s a call to action for maintaining the healthiness of your food and, by extension, your well-being.
By staying vigilant, employing the right cleaning techniques, and maintaining regular upkeep, you can ensure your microwave stays mould-free.
Remember, a clean microwave isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s about safeguarding your health and that of your loved ones. So, let’s roll up those sleeves and reclaim the cleanliness of this essential kitchen appliance. And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.
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