How to Clean Microwave Traps

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Learn how to clean the traps in your microwave and about cleaning supplies and techniques in this free how-to video on cleaning a microwave.

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I'm going to show you how to clean your microwave from the inside out. If your microwave is over your stovetop, then it's going to have grease traps on the underside, which will need to be cleaned as well. To clean the grease traps, all you'll need to do is slide them out gently. Now, if they're particularly filthy, then you'll need to soak them in some hot soapy water. All you need to do is use your regular dishwashing liquid. If they're not too dirty, you just want to make sure to wipe them down. You can use your sponge in that hot water that we heated up in the microwave earlier. You just want to make sure that they're going to be able to have air flow through that. If you cook a lot with fat, so you've lots of splatters on the stove, then you're going to need to take these out and clean them frequently. My manual recommends doing it about once a month, but since I don't fry food very frequently, I don't think it's needed quite that frequently. After you finish doing one, you're just going to stick back up there. That slides quite nicely in its place, and then remove the next one. Also, depending on which side of the stove you use more frequently, these might become dirty at different rates. It's always a good idea to clean both of them at the same time though just so that you don't leave one forgotten behind.

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