Today, my dad came over for lunch, and then he helped me re-hang a storage shelf in my laundry room. My house has absolutely no food storage: no pantry, no shelving, nothing! So to remedy that situation, I added a small black bookshelf beside my refrigerator in my kitchen for canned goods/etc, a long shelf in my laundry room for boxed goods, and a metal microwave cart in the laundry room for miscellaneous items and such. That system works out really well for me. The only problem I've ever had with it arose a few weeks ago when the shelf in my laundry room that I use for boxed goods decided to take a tumble. I had to get creative and use the top of my dryer as temporary storage: not ideal!). While me dad was over today, his mischievously nosy self decided to sneak a peak into my microwave to see how clean it was. (Are you kidding me? My mom is the one who has owned her own cleaning business since I was a toddler, not him! If anything, I'd expect my mom to go through my house with a white glove checking for dust, not my dad lol.)
Anyways, because they're both a bit OCD about cleaning, I turned out to be the same way as well, which I honestly embrace and enjoy. After all, I have pets and allergies. I like my home to look clean and inviting, not rolling in fur and dust, so I am admittedly a bit OCD about keeping things tidy. I had my morning free today, so I cleaned my house from top to bottom: bathrooms, living rooms, kitchen, clean linens, clean dog/cat beds, everything! OR SO I THOUGHT! Apparently, I had forgotten about my microwave. (A few days ago, there was a chicken tortilla soup disaster in there right before I was getting ready to leave my house. I completely forgot about it since I don't use my microwave that often to begin with. It's not even in my kitchen if that gives you an idea! I keep my microwave in my laundry room on a cart with other storage things.) So, when my dad got nosy today and opened up my microwave, he commented, "I found the one thing you and your sister Debbie have in common: neither of you like to clean your microwaves!" Since I pride myself on keeping a clean home, that comment left me slightly mortified! (I was also wondering why he was being nosy and looking in there in the first place!) I told him I usually keep it clean but I had forgotten about it today when I cleaned the rest of my house. He laughed and then said, "I'm joking, I know you clean house like your mom does! (i.e.: OCD freak!).
Needless to say, after he left I made sure that I cleaned the microwave! I found the link below on Pinterest recently and wanted to share if with all of you. It REALLY works well! All you do is use 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup of water and put that into a microwave safe container. Place it in the microwave on high for 5 minutes and let the steam work its magic. Carefully take the container out of the microwave and then dip a rag into the solution and wipe the microwave clean. (The steam breaks up the grime and makes everything wipe off really easily!)
Made2Style Blog : How To Clean Your Microwave!
(All credit goes to the Made2Style Blog for this awesome cleaning idea!)