I don't have a vast store of housekeeping tips. But this is a good one.
We don't cover our food when we microwave it, so our microwave quickly becomes grimy. And I don't like cleaning it (or forget to - it's like the chicken and the egg - I don't know which really comes first in this case), so then the grime cooks onto the interior.
On Saturday I was doing some rather in-depth cleaning and decided to tackle the microwave. I also wanted to freshen up the house without the sometimes-overpowering scent of a candle.
Here's what you do.
Fill a medium-sized bowl with water. Add a couple apple slices and a couple orange slices (the peel is the important part for this). Sprinkle in cinnamon and any other spices. I used nutmeg and cloves. Microwave for 10 minutes.
A delicious fragrance will fill your home. Condensation will form inside the microwave. You'll be able to just wipe that grime away easily. No elbow grease required.