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How Do You Store a Microwave?

How To

April 1, 2020


5 min

A girl cleans a microwave inside of her house

There may come a time where you’re looking for a storage solution for various household appliances. Maybe you’re moving and plan to bring your appliances with you, or maybe you have recently upgraded appliances, but the old appliance still has some life to live. If you properly handle your appliance during a move and store it correctly, it will stay in top condition for the future. Try out these tips below.

How to Store a Microwave

  1. Clean the microwave: A microwave can take a real beating. From the caked on spaghetti sauce from dinners past, to remnants from heating up taco meat, it’s important to clean your microwave before storing it. Heat up a mug filled with water inside of your microwave for a couple of minutes. Next, remove the mug and wipe down your microwave with a cloth. If your microwave has an unwelcoming smell, soak the cloth in water and lemon juice and wipe the inside of the microwave down until it’s clean.

But your microwave isn’t ready for storage when the inside is clean. Take care to also clean the outside of it. Removing any caked on foods or smells is essential to avoid attracting pests.

  • Pack it up for storage: Next, remove the glass tray and tray holder from the microwave. Wrap the microwave tray and holder in plastic wrap and set them to the side. If you’ve held onto the microwave box from when you purchased it, place the microwave and tray inside of the box. To make sure they don’t shift around and break, crumple up paper and add it into the box.
  • Use a climate controlled storage unit: When storing any appliance, it’s essential to use a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will protect your appliance from any dangerous fluctuations in temperature.
  • Avoid stacking in storage: While it may be tempting to stack items in storage to fit more inside of your storage unit, avoid stacking anything on top of your microwave. Additionally, to prevent it from falling, store it on top of something stable.

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