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Household Tip for Today: Easy microwave cleaning

Easy tip to clean microwave:

I use a kitchen sponge, but don’t want it to be a hotbed of germs.  This is how I keep the sponge and my microwave clean.

1.  Once or twice per week, rinse sponge with hot, soapy water.  Squeeze out excess.
2.  Add a few tablespoons white vinegar to the sponge (until it is fairly saturated).
3.  Plop the sponge into the microwave and nuke on high for about two to two-and-a-half minutes.  Let cool for 1 min.
4.  Remove warm sponge.  Wipe out interior of microwave with moist cleaning cloth or paper towels.

The combination of heat and white vinegar helps kill germs in the sponge and the steam produced loosens grime in the microwave, making it easy to wipe away.

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Household Tips for Today

White vinegar and baking soda make an effective, inexpensive cleanser for sinks, countertops and toilets.

In a pinch, create your own buttermilk by adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of room temperature milk or cream. (stir after thickening)

When mixing cornbread, use the leftover batter as a beauty treatment. Scrape the inside of your mixing bowl. With your hands over the sink, scrub the cornbread batter onto your hands and wrists, then rinse. The cornmeal is a natural exfoliate and the milk, eggs, and oil are moisturizing to the skin.