CLEANING HACKS

How to clean and remove cockroaches from your microwave

Cockroaches and dirt in your microwave can damage and cause health problems.

In Summary

•Cockroaches and dirt in your microwave can damage and cause health problems.

•Studies have shown that both E. coli and Salmonella can survive inside the microwave.

Dirt from a microwave
Dirt from a microwave
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A microwave is a kitchen appliance that many can forget to clean, and this tends to build up bacteria and strong smells, however, cleaning depends on the frequency of use.

Cleaning it at least once a week or after use can help keep the bacteria away while still maintaining its efficiency.

Studies have shown that both E. coli and Salmonella can survive inside the microwave.

This study claimed that microwaves can be microbial hotspots. Not only is the inside of the microwave risky, but also poses a risk in public/general areas.

To remove smells in both your microwave and fridge, baking soda is a really good ingredient. Just place an open bowl of baking soda in the fridge or microwave and let it sit there for 24 to 72 hrs. Easy as that.

Equipment

  • New clean Sponge
  • Dishtowel
  • Lemon juice, squeezed
  • Vinegar

Cleaning Options

Step 1

Unplug your microwave from the socket

Step 2

Fill a microwave-safe bowl with EITHER lemon juice, vinegar, or dish soap water and microwave for 2 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Let it sit for 5 minutes so that the steam can do its work to degrease and remove hard dried particles.

Step 3

Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a towel, and leave the door open to air dry.

The smell of lemons repels cockroaches to a great extent
The smell of lemons repels cockroaches to a great extent
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If you have an infestation of cockroaches in your microwave, it is essential to take immediate steps to get rid of them to avoid health problems and damage to your microwave.

Step 1

Purchase a disinfectant cleaning agent that contains bleach. Spray the inside of the microwave thoroughly, and allow the agent to sit in the microwave for about five to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Get an anti-roach or insect-killing solution. Spray the solution heavily into the microwave. Allow the solution to sit in the microwave for about an hour, outside your house.

Step 3

Wipe off the cockroaches that appear, then spray the microwave with a cleaning solution and let it sit for 1 hour.

Step 4

Clean the microwave, then place a cup of dry wine for a day. Cockroaches will die if they drink this.

Step 5

The smell of lemons repels cockroaches to a great extent, clean with lemon water. Dry and put it back in the house.

Always clean your microwave after use or at least once per week
Always clean your microwave after use or at least once per week
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