Clean Your Microwave Quickly

Whether your favorite food exploded once again inside the microwave, or it is just time to clean up the day-to-day spills, cleaning your microwave doesn’t have to be a chore. You can clean your microwave quickly and easily, and even use products you already have around the house.

Woman cleaning microwaveStep 1: Remove turntable or tray

If your microwave has a removable turntable or tray, remove it and wash it in warm, soapy water. Is food stuck to it? Then safely scrub it with warm water and a little baking soda. Be careful handling a glass turntable or tray because they can become slippery in soapy water.

Step 2: Make your cleaning mixture

Fill a large glass bowl with 2 to 3 cups of water. Add half a lemon (cut up) or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Don't have a lemon or lemon juice handy? You can use half an orange or half a cup of vinegar instead. Any of these ingredients works well to remove crusted food from your microwave and leave it smelling fresh, too.

Step 3: Boil cleaning mixture in microwave

Place your bowl of cleaning mixture into the microwave, close the door and run the microwave on the high setting until the mixture begins to boil. Let it boil for a minute or two, until there is steam on the inside of the window, then turn off the microwave. Let the bowl sit inside the microwave for 15 minutes before removing it so it can steam clean baked on food and grime.

Step 4: carefully Remove the bowl

Open the microwave and remove the bowl of cleaning mixture carefully using a hot pad or oven mitt. Pour the hot water down the sink drain and dispose of the lemons or oranges. This will also leave your sink smelling fresh and clean.

Step 5: Wipe the inside of the microwave

Using a damp cloth or sponge, wipe the inside of the microwave until clean. If stubborn food is still stuck on, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub. To clean the inside of the door, use a mixture of one part vinegar to one part water. Let air dry or dry with a clean cloth before placing the turntable or tray back inside the microwave.

Step 6: Clean the outside of the microwave

Using your damp sponge and water-vinegar mixture, wipe the outside of the microwave. Remember to clean the front of the door and the keypad too. Three or four times a year you should check the vents in the back of the microwave for dust buildup. This can be easily dealt with by vacuuming the vent clean. Now your microwave is clean, fresh smelling and ready to use.

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Comments on "How to clean your microwave"

juls August 09, 2013 | 11:27 PM

I take a dishrag, wet it place it on the glass plate and microwave 1 minute. It steams the microwave and any burnt on food comes right off. Be careful though because the rag will be hot.

Laser Tek June 03, 2013 | 7:55 AM

I really hate seeing my compact microwave dirty and looking old but I cannot help it since I frequently use mine. Do you have any idea on how to avoid those rust forming on it? I really hate the sight!

Jean Roberts February 16, 2013 | 9:47 AM

How to clean the keypad of rubber like material on microwave. It seems to have greasy fingerprints on certain numbers and cannnot get it cleaned. Microwave is not very old.

Nancy December 23, 2012 | 12:27 PM

I never knew you could boil cleaner in the microwave to help clean it. Thanks for the tip!

Lenni June 20, 2012 | 12:41 PM

If you follow the recipe above and use vinegar, and put a little scented oil that will really help. Tea tree oil works well, so does eucalyptus oil. They are both pretty powerful odor eaters, and they smell really nice and fresh themselves. If that doesn't work, may need a new microwave.

Annapolisgal July 11, 2011 | 11:32 AM

I would like to know how do you get lingering odors out of your microwave?I have do the cleaning but when i cook the food odors stay in.

Annonymous October 27, 2010 | 3:46 PM

Wow - I didn't know that you could clean a microwave like this. Thanks.

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