Did you know you’re supposed to clean your microwave’s charcoal filter?

Did you know that you’re supposed to clean your microwave’s charcoal filter? Neither did most viewers, until they saw this TikTok cleaning tutorial.

The video from TikTok account Mamas Know Best (@mamasknowbest) begins with a shot of the cover of the microwave’s filter being removed to reveal a gross pileup of oil and grime.

For those not in the know, microwave filters remove foul odors from the air circulation within the microwave, which keeps your food smelling and tasting fresh. 

“You’re supposed to change the filter every six months,” the video’s narration explains, while the video cuts to a shot of the TikToker spraying foaming soap on the inside of the cover. White suds build up over the surface area as though they’re attacking the grease. 

Next, they remove the fuzzy scum-filled filter and let it soak in a sink filled with soap and water. Then they thoroughly scrub its cover and the surrounding areas in the microwave

After rinsing and drying the filter and its cover, the TikToker pops them back into the appliance. You can only imagine how much better that next meal is going to taste.

“I didn’t know it had a filter that needed to be changed.”

The video left viewers bewildered, and many had no idea that microwaves even had filters. 

“I’ve had a microwave for 17 years… I didn’t know it had a filter that needed to be changed,” wrote one user.  

“I’m tired of TikTok finding me more things to clean,” joked one viewer. 

“Damn, here we go again with TikTok giving me anxiety about my house not being clean enough,” chimed in another user. 

“I am at work, and now I feel like I need to take apart the microwave in the break room,” one viewer mentioned.

However, not all microwaves require filters. So if the thought of cleaning a filter every six months makes you gag, it’s probably best to find a microwave that doesn’t need one. Otherwise, this cleaning video is a helpful resource!

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