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Home Hack: The Lazy Way to Get Your Microwave Incredibly Clean

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Say goodbye to microwave spills and splatters!

Everyone has fallen victim to the occasional tomato soup explosion or marinara mess in the microwave and felt a little too unmotivated to deal with the aftermath. So you leave it. And it dries. And then you microwave some more stuff. And the splatters heat and cool until they’re essentially fused to the walls of your microwave for all eternity, unless of course you use this trick: With some simple ingredients and a few easy steps, you can wipe away the remains of your last-minute meal with almost no effort.

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Grab a glass bowl and fill it with one cup of water and one cup of vinegar. Toss a toothpick or other wooden object into the mixture to keep the water from boiling over. Stick the bowl in the microwave and nuke it for 10 minutes. After carefully removing the bowl, take a sponge and dip it in the vinegar-water solution, and then start wiping down those walls.

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The steam from the water and vinegar will have loosed the grime, making it easy to remove last night’s (or last month’s) leftovers and reveal a sparkling surface. But be warned: all this work might make you hungry.