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Can A Dirty Microwave Make You Sick?
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Food heated in the microwave can splatter and get stuck in crevices along the top, bottom, and sides of the device. Not only are these bits hard to remove, but they can even grow bacteria, and the next time you use the microwave, the old food remnants can moisten up and fall right into your new food.
One food that needs to be cleaned up immediately after defrosting in the microwave is raw meat. Contrary to the belief that the microwave kills bacteria, raw meat's E. coli, salmonella, or listeria can absolutely survive and linger in your microwave, eventually causing food poisoning and infections.
Ironically, the dirtiest part of the microwave is usually the handle, but you still need to clean the inside, where your food is heated up. To keep your microwave spotless and kill germs, Home Made Simple recommends solutions including ​​baking soda, olive oil, lemon, vinegar, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and/or dish soap.