Microwaves are a great way to reheat food, but the spatter can build up into nasty stains over time. Reader The Saint shares a simple tactic for making the task of cleaning easier.
Here's his approach:
If like me your microwave insides are covered in exploded baked beans and various other stuff because you're too lazy or hungry to cover it before heating, this works great. Place a bowl(wider is better) of water in the microwave, bring it to the boil then let it sit in the microwave for 10 minutes. All that rock-solid shrapnel on the internal walls is nice and moist and wipes of with little effort, no scrubbing or scouring needed.
The waiting period is important here -- not only will it let the steam kick in, it makes sure you don't burn your hands when you remove that hot water.
What are your other microwave cleaning tricks? We're all ears in the comments. Thanks Saint!