This $7 tool safely (and hilariously) cleans your microwave

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Cleaning your microwave might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it should be. Heating up frozen meals, leftovers and more can take its toll on the appliance, especially if you don’t have a food cover for preventing splattering and spills. Insert the Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner.

Shop: Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner, $6.88 (Orig. $7.39)

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This cleaning tool is actually a steamer that will help naturally clean and remove odors from your microwave. Just pour water and little bit of vinegar into the device, cover and heat for 5-7 minutes. A cloud of steam will come out of “mama’s head” to loosen up stuck on food and stains in every nook and cranny. Once it’s done steaming, use a towel to quickly wipe it clean.

“This makes it so much easier to clean the microwave! I had 6 months of food splatter and was able to wipe it up as if the mess was just made,” wrote one satisfied Amazon reviewer.

Cleaning with the Angry Mama is a natural and effective alternative to using harsh chemicals to clean your microwave, which is important because obviously, it's where you cook food that you're going to ingest. Water mixed with vinegar has been a longtime non-toxic and environmentally-safe cleansing agent that's also pretty cheap. You can use cleaning vinegar or white vinegar, which does the job thanks to its high acidity levels. However, if you miss the lemony-freshness or other scent of a traditional cleaner, you can also add a drop of your favorite essential oil to the mix.

You can find Angry Mama at several stores, including The Container Store, Sur la Table, Amazon and more. (There’s also a volcano version available at Walmart for $9.99 that when releasing steam, looks like it’s erupting.)

On Amazon, however, for only $20.99, you can get a set of the Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner and the Chilly Mama Refrigerator and Freezer deodorizer.

Shop: Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner and Chilly Mama Refrigerator Deodorizer, $15.99

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For Chilly Mama, just fill her with baking soda and place her in the back of the fridge — she’ll help keep things fresh for approximately three months. You can remind yourself to refill her up with a built-in date dial on her head.

“It’s probably worth it more to get the set than buying one at a time. When I used the Angry Mama, I was BLOWN AWAY on how easy it was to clean my microwave. I mean SO EASY! The chilly mama? It’s more compact than a whole box of Baking Soda and it can just ‘chill’ in the back of the fridge or freezer and keep away the odors. I don’t have odors in my fridge ever,” wrote one Amazon reviewer.

You can use the Angry Mama and Chilly Mama to clean up kitchen appliances that might not be top of mind, but really need it — and clean them naturally. We're betting that you'll never regret cleaning up your kitchen space.

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