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OK to clean microwave with disinfectant wipe?
Old 11-23-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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At home I usually use soap and water, but our microwave at school in the staff kitchen is so totally, completely gross I'm wondering about wipes. Actually, the whole kitchen area is pitiful, but the microwave is the worst . No one cleans it after use, even though we're all told the custodians won't do this. I am wondering if I cleaned it and put a canister of wipes next to it with a sign to clean up after yourself if it's okay to use chemical cleaners inside a microwave There're so easy to use.

The disinfectant wipes say to rinse with clean water for surfaces that will be in contact with food. When I looked it up online, several sources say to nuke a cup of water for a few minutes (the steam loosens the gunk), then wipe out. But I know no one is going to do that and I am not charitable enough to be the self-appointed micro maid.


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I clean my microwave out at home with a wipe most of the time. I just use whatever is handy and most of the time I am wiping the stove, countertop, sink etc with a wipe, so I just use that. I don't think it will hurt. Anything has to be better than gross food right?
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We use the disinfectant wipes on the microwave in the teacher lounge. There hasn't been any problems.
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Same here!
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The wipes are pretty much all I use in mine, and I've never had a problem.
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Thanks, everybody!


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Old 11-24-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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If you are going to clean your own that nuke a cup of water thing works! I have a 4 cup measuring cup that I fill with water and cut up an orange or lemon in there (that citrusy smell is lovely!) Microwave that for about 4-5 minutes, then let it sit for 5 minutes or so. The crusties just wipe away.

(So I'm admitting my microwave gets crusties! When you are a busy single mom and full time teacher with 3 kids, it gets gross!)
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