Your microwave has a hidden compartment you don't know about – but it's really important

Your microwave has a hidden compartment you don't know about – but it's really important

YOU may have been neglecting a super important step in sanitizing your home: cleaning your microwave filter. 

An online woman suggested that people clean or replace the filters every six months. 


The woman gave people a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean the charcoal microwave filter in a video she posted to TikTok. 

The resourceful woman first removed the top plastic piece from her microwave, which unveiled the dirty microwave filter. 

Then she removed the filter and soaked it in sudsy water in her sink.

She also took a soapy sponge and used it to clean the plastic filter cover she removed at the beginning of the video along with the surrounding areas on the microwave. 

And if you don’t want to get down and dirty with your microwave filter, there’s no need to fret. 

You can simply buy a new microwave filter to replace the dirty one; the lady simply said she was cleaning her filter while she awaited the delivery of a new one. 

The internet was pleasantly surprised by this cleaning hack, as some even admitted they didn’t know microwaves utilized filters. 

This cleaning discovery made one TikTok user nervous, as she admitted she was “almost positive” her apartment never replaced her microwave’s filter and added that she was “afraid to look.”

Another person felt shamed by TikTok, writing, “TikTok just continues to tell me how useless I truly am as an adult.”

However, others were confused because they didn’t have a removable piece on their microwave.   

That may be because these types of filters are usually found in over-the-range microwaves and not ones that sit on the countertop. 

Per the Whirlpool website, “Most over-the-range microwaves have a grease filter, as well as a charcoal filter that helps reduce odors.” 

This is far from the first useful cleaning tip found on TikTok. 

Previously, a mother shared how to get rid of old stains on Tupperware with just dish soap and a paper towel. 

Meanwhile, other viral videos have warned against trending cleaning hacks thought to be possibly dangerous.

Regardless, it seems that people are getting quite the sanitization education on TikTok.  


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