My microwave is full of gross cooked-on stains. How do you get the gunk off?
Steam clean your appliance by placing a mixture of 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or a few slices of lemon (this helps it to smell better), in a microwave-safe container and zapping it on high for five minutes. When it's done, remove the container and wipe down the interior of the oven, and the gunk should glide right off. Bonus tip: Cover everything you nuke from now on with a damp paper towel or plate to suppress any splatters.
Nespert Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain & Simple
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