July 1, 2023
Did you know that 'chemical' isn't a dirty word in cleaning? There's a widely-held belief that the word 'chemical' automatically equates to harmful, but here's the twist - everything around us, including the air we breathe and the food we eat, is made up of chemicals. Even fruits, those beloved poster children of the 'chemical-free' crowd, are chemically complex. For example, take a lemon - it's natural, it's wholesome, and yet, it's a little marvel of chemicals, including citric acid.
The citric acid in lemons is often celebrated for its antimicrobial properties and its fresh scent, leading to its frequent appearance in cleaning tips. A popular example is the classic advice of using a lemon to clean your microwave. But here's another twist - you don't actually need a lemon to get that microwave sparkling clean.
In an insightful article from Lifehacker titled "You Don't Need a Lemon to Clean Your Microwave," the author explains how you can get rid of the gunk and grime in your microwave using just a bowl of water and a bit of elbow grease. The heat and steam do the heavy lifting, dissolving caked-on messes for easy wiping. Worried about missing out on citric acid's antimicrobial action? Don't be! It turns out that not a lot of the acid makes its way onto the surfaces anyway.
So next time you're faced with a grimy microwave, skip the lemon and save it for something more enjoyable - like a refreshing summer cocktail. Instead, embrace the simple power of steam and get that microwave looking brand new. Remember, there's no need to fear the word 'chemical' - after all, even water is a chemical compound!