Friday, 29 January 2010
How to clean a Microwave oven
Welcome to my 'how to series'. I know all of you are waiting with bated breath for my pearls of wisdom. We have already covered 'How to make cottage cheese' some days back. Today you will learn tricks on 'How to clean your Microwave’.
If you don't have a microwave, go and buy one, you 18th century dweller!
How can you live without one?
oops....my foot is in my mouth, as usual.
After being domesticated for nearly a decade, I now have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to tackle with grimy tasks.
As newly married dutiful wife, I used to keep up with cleaning routine of the entire house. Scrub, polish, dust and all those domestic activities. But after a while, unpaid and thankless activities like these do make you think twice and you start to procrastinate. I thought let me have some entertainment at least. So, I devised a plan to see how long I can go without cleaning certain appliances till, Hubs noticed the stink coming from the fridge or the clothes came out still dirty from the washing machine and did something about it.
If you know men and how they will be men, so acutely observed by Smita at books, life and more , this plan sadly backfired and here is my sorry tale.
Yesterday, I went to heat my coffee in the microwave and the mug refused to detach from the glass plate. The glass plate was like a Petri dish waiting to be observed under the electron microscope. It looked like an experiment by a mad scientist on speed. I had to soak it for two hours and scrub it with hot soapy water after which it resembled something I could have bought.
The interior of the microwave was a mélange of colors. I went to search the user manual; I had no idea that we had bought a designer microwave. I was excited and shared the good news with hubs. He gave me a quizzical look and said 'Ahem! Sweetie....I think it was white when we bought it'. The user manual said the same. I was adamant;’ they must have given us the wrong user manual'.
I decided to get to the bottom of this mystery. I sprayed the interior with a cleaning solution and started gently scraping the interior. The 'gentle' part was a mistake. I had to throw myself in with full gusto and scrubbed till my fingers cramped. At one point, I was just short of using the chisel and hammer to get through the hardened crust. The result was that my designer microwave was just plain white...sob! And I am now left with knobby bits of nails on my right paw.
The moral of the story is:
1) Don't procrastinate when it comes to cleaning microwaves (you will pay dearly, with no nails).
2) Do not use a chisel and hammer. Soak the glass dish. It usually works. For cleaning the interior you can use this trick.
3) Men will be men and will not notice funky smells, dirty appliances, unwashed clothes....ohhh the list is endless.
Or, you can simply do this
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Copyright Credit: Project sidewalk
P.S.: People who have had food at my place are still alive. All their major organs are intact as far as I know. I have not been sued yet, for 'intention to cause bodily harm'.
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