When it comes to dining, the real taste is truly experienced when the food is hot. That is why most of the employees crave warm food after long hours of working. Even if they cook it before leaving their homes, it will not be as warm as it was.
Some may have their lunches packed in the morning. Some would have bought sandwiches and were stored in the office refrigerator for snacks. Good thing, the microwave is there to the rescue.
Office microwaves are probably one of the best office appliances. It reheats food and it is a convenient way to grab hot meals or prepare a good lunch.
However, unlike regular utensils, microwaves are not a priority when it comes to cleaning. Pasta sauce splash and bread crumbs are mostly left for days and even weeks without someone taking notice of it. This unsanitary habit would cause the microwave to be breeding grounds for germs and cause certain diseases if not brought to attention.
So, here we present to you the guidelines for microwave etiquette at work. This will minimize microwave mess and help ensure that you are keeping a clean and safe environment for your employees.
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The goal in cleaning the microwave is to keep it clean, hygienic, and free from lingering food smells. Here we compiled some helpful tips:
Cleaning gurus recommend steam cleaning to deep clean the microwave. To do this, it is best to use natural ingredients to avoid unnecessary chemicals staying inside the microwave. Here are some of the effective cleaning ingredients you can use to keep your office microwave clean, hygienic, and odor free: vinegar and lemon.
Materials to use:
Step 1: Mix one cup of water with one cup of vinegar in a microwave safe bowl.
Step 2: Place the mixture in the microwave and turn it on. Set the timer between five to ten minutes, depending on how powerful your microwave setting is.
Step 3: Remove the microwave safe bowl carefully from the microwave once the timer sets off.
Step 4: Take a cloth or sponge and wipe the insides of the microwave. The steam has loosened the dirt inside so it would be easy to wipe them off. You don’t need to scrub it anymore.
Step 5: Don’t forget to clean the outside of the microwave. Use the vinegar mixture or antibacterial spray to clean the door, door handle, and outside walls of the microwave.
Some people may be allergic or sensitive to vinegar, so the best available alternative is to use lemon juice.
Materials to use:
Step 1: Mix water with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. If you are using lemon essential oil, you may use a few drops.
Step 2: Spray the lemon mixture inside the microwave. Cover the inside walls completely, especially the top. The dirt is always worse on the top of the microwave.
Step 3: Pour the rest of the mixture on the sponge. Make sure that the sponge is fully saturated.
Step 4: Place the sponge inside the microwave. Turn on the microwave and set the timer to two minutes.
Step 5: Once done, leave the sponge inside the microwave with the door closed, for a few minutes.
Step 6: Open the door and use the sponge to wipe down the inside walls of the microwave.
Step 7: Use an antibacterial spray to clean the outside walls of the microwave.
Keeping the office kitchen appliances clean is a big step to maintaining a clean and healthy working environment. It may be difficult at first, but in the long run, it will surely benefit everyone.
For more office cleaning tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
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