Ask Richdale: What is the easiest way to clean my microwave?

Fear no more! Cleaning your microwave is probably the easiest chore to tackle in your apartment home. Eliminate stubborn grime with this simple method.


  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Sponge


  1. Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the bowl. Measuring a half a cup of each liquid is good enough. For a deeper clean you can use one cup water and one cup vinegar.
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for five to ten minutes, depending on how dirty the microwave is. When the timer beeps, leave the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes to let the steam work its magic.
  3. The bowl will be hot! Take it out of the microwave with oven mitts. Dip a sponge into the bowl of water and vinegar, and wipe the inside of the microwave clean. You probably won’t even need the help of a sponge… the steam should make everything disappear with a quick swipe of a paper towel.


Richdale’s Spotlight Community of the Week- BelleMeade Apartments

Our latest West Des Moines area development, BelleMeade Apartments, is nearing the end of construction and will begin leasing soon! This boutique ultra-luxury condominium-quality community offers both midrise and townhome style living, and is expected to set the standard for the metropolitan area.

With only 180 residences, all with undercover parking and custom architectural features, BelleMeade boasts modern floorplans with exceptionally large living spaces, high ceilings, and elevators combined with our signature first-class amenity package. Experience top-notch living in Des Moines without the maintenance hassles of ownership! 

Contact Richdale Apartments at 888-391-APTS for leasing information. Your perfect home could be waiting at BelleMeade!


Date Night in Omaha: Restaurants Winning Richdale’s Seal of Approval

Pitch Pizzeria was recently recognized as a “Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurant in America”. They have everything from your classic onion rings and calamari to plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses and fancy Goat Cheese Peppadews. Gourmet pizza and pasta accompany burgers, duck, and salmon on their extensive menu.


Salt 88 has won so many culinary awards it basically rules the restaurant scene in Omaha. The modern dining concept pulls inspiration from Old European dishes and adds a twist. Not only will the ambiance, excellent service, and unique wine list impress, but they also provide recipes and how-to videos to prepare their favorite dishes.


Mantra is your new favorite brunch, lunch, and dinner go-to. Voted best new restaurant on UrbanSpoon and making the top 500 restaurants in America list, the two experienced owners of Mantra know how to attract a crowd. Brunch includes eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, and cucumber sandwiches. Crab cakes, enchiladas, and lamb burgers are served in the PM.

Richdale’s Omaha communities including The Biltmore, Bristol Square, Embassy Park, Kensington Woods, LionsHead, and The Vanderbilt are located 10 minutes or less from Mantra and Salt 88. Pitch Pizzeria is about a 15 minute drive from our apartment communities, but it is well worth the extra mile!