4 Helpful (And Unexpected) Ways To Clean Your Microwave

by Editor - June 13, 2022

Do you need to prepare a quick meal or give last night’s leftovers a second chance? You’ll probably think about the microwave. This fantastic appliance is so convenient you likely find it weird to see a kitchen without it. However, such convenience will get the microwave dirty in no time.

Are you in a nasty situation with your microwave? Then perhaps it’s time to show your gratitude in the form of a good cleaning. Here are the best methods to clean your microwave.

Before you start, don’t forget to wash the glass turntable

The transparent plate inside the microwave is pretty much like any other dish you have to clean. So take the time to place it in the dishwasher or wash it by hand. While leaving the turntable to dry, try one of these four methods for the rest of the microwave.

Method 1: White vinegar

White vinegar is an excellent cleaner that breaks down the layered gunk and even removes odors. Also, the beauty of this method is that you don’t need to rinse. Here’s how to use vinegar:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add two tablespoons of white vinegar to two cups of water—you can also add a few drops of essential oil if you want to tone the smell down. 
  2. Heat the bowl for five minutes on the high setting.
  3. Don’t open the door yet! Let it cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Unplug the microwave for safety.
  5. Remove the bowl and wipe the walls clean with a soft cloth.

Method 2: Lemon juice

Some greasy food residue is harder to remove. Fortunately, lemons are top-notch degreasers, and such fantastic power works wonders in your appliance. To clean the inside walls with lemon:

  1. In a microwave-safe container, squeeze two halves of one lemon. You can throw the lemon halves in the water.
  2. Heat for five minutes.
  3. Unplug the microwave for safety
  4. Let it cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Wipe clean with a cloth. 

Method 3: Soapy water

Sometimes, elbow grease is the best way to ensure every spot is clean, and nothing beats good old-fashioned soapy water.

Note: Don’t forget to unplug the microwave before attempting to clean it.

To wash the inside of the microwave:

  1. Add a few drops of soap to a bowl of water.
  2. Dip a sponge in the soapy water and scrub the walls.
  3. Wipe the soap residue with a damp microfiber cloth.

Method 4: Microwave a sponge

This oddball way of dealing with caked-in residue and stains works like a charm! However, don’t forget that the sponge has to be damp; microwaving a dry sponge will make you call the fire department. To use the method:

  1. Soak the sponge in water and squeeze a little, so it’s damp but not drippy—you can add a little lemon juice to the water if you like.
  2. Microwave the sponge for two minutes.
  3. The sponge will be loose and very hot, so wait five minutes before removing it.
  4. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a cloth.

Don’t forget the outside of the microwave!

At this point, the door, keypad, or window likely needs some cleaning. Fortunately, it’s pretty straightforward and won’t take long. Use a half and half vinegar with water mix to wipe these areas—especially the handle, where a lot of grime and germs gather.

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