How to Kill Salmonella in the Microwave

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel

  • 1 spray bottle of antibacterial cleaner (like Clorox Kitchen Cleaner)

  • 1 dish rag

  • Hot water

Salmonella is a bacteria carried by eggs, milk and uncooked or not thoroughly cooked meats. It is a serious bacteria that can give people nausea, vomiting, fever, cramps, etc. To reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning, always wash down the area that has been used to prep or cook meat, the bacteria can live on the surface if it's not washed properly. And one area that definitely does not get enough cleaning attention: the microwave. The most common way salmonella can get into the microwave is by using it to preheat or defrost frozen or partially cooked meat. The microwave should be cleaned every time raw meat is used in it to prevent harmful bacteria from growing.


Step 1

Wipe up any left over juice or meat bits in the microwave with clean paper towel. Discard the paper towel.

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Step 2

Spray the inside of the microwave (about 5 sprays) with an antibacterial cleaner. Let the cleaner set for 1 minute.

Step 3

Run a dish rag under hot water. Wring out the rag. Use the hot rag to wipe out the cleaner. After one wipe through the microwave, rinse out the rag with more hot water and repeat.


Make sure all meat is cooked thoroughly to avoid any salmonella poisoning (heat is the best way to kill the bacteria). Any antibacterial cleaner will kill the bacteria from any surface. Also, make sure all cutting boards, knifes, kitchen tools, counter tops, etc. are completely wiped down and sanitized.


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