October 01, 2008,
D.K. asks from Broomfield, CO on September 29, 2008
Cleaing Above the Stove Microwave
I was looking at the top vents in my above the stove microwave. It has build up and it is really looking gross, especially since the microwave is white. What is a good and effective way to clean the greasy, dirt build up that is safe and won't harm the microwave. It is in the spaces of the vents and around the edges. I tried warm soap rag but that didn't do much but smear it....it looks so gross!!
So What Happened?™
I actually was so aprehensive about using any chemical around a heat source if I missed in the clean up process. So I tried baking soda on a warm rag and it came off! Then I wiped it down again with a clean rag. It seemed to do the trick. I am so paranoid about using chemicals around the microwave or stove! Thanks for the input.
S.L. answers from Boise on September 29, 2008
You need a strong degreaser. I was looking at mine the other day and thinking it looks gross.
After cleaning so, so many very greasy college apartments, I learned that undiluted Pine-Sol is amazing on that stuff. I would take the knobs off the stove and soak them in it, and years of build-up would come off really easily with a toothbrush. You can apply it to the vents with the toothbrush and it ought not get too messy. Just get it wet with it. Then wipe it off with a rag.
I haven't tried it yet, but that's what I would/will try first.
Here's something else I learned that's related. You know the filters under the microwave (or under the vent hood) that get all coated with grease? If you put it in a clear plastic bag (like a Zip-loc, if it'll fit. Mine didn't, so I found something else) and pour in ammonia, then seal it and set it out in the sun, it loosens all the grease. Then you take the garden hose to it and it all comes off, shiny as new. I did it to my 1971 vent hood. It had been a rental, so I doubt anyone had ever cleaned it---ever! It was really really bad. It came completely clean.
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S.M. answers from Casper on October 01, 2008
Like everyone said, degreaser. I used Grease Lightning - I just sprayed it on, and put a newspaper on the stovetop and let it sit. Then I wiped it off. I like to clean after with something like windex or another non-oil based cleaner, because oil based cleaners leave just enough residue for dirt to stick to. But that's a tiny detail.
S.W. answers from Denver on September 30, 2008
Simple Green is awesome. It is the easiest way I've found to clean the greasy dirt build up in and on my vent... and it isn't expensive. I get mine at Ace Hardware. Just spray on and wipe of with papertowels...hooray!