Ten Cleaning Tips for Your Microwave

Microwaves provide a level of convenience that few other kitchen appliances such as gas or electric stove can match. With frequent use, effective microwave cleaning recommendations are required.

Make It a Routine

Once a day, wipe out the microwave with a damp towel to remove crumbs and recently spilled food to keep it cleaner in between deep cleans. You may need to increase the frequency of your cleaning efforts not just your microwave but also the dinnerware that you use in the long run and be especially alert about spills if you have kids heating snacks after practice, a second-shift worker making late-night nachos, and someone cooking frozen pancakes every morning.

Always Be Thorough

Start from the top and work your way down the microwave. The top of the microwave’s interior is a place that most people overlook. Wipe off any crumbs you find beneath it before wiping the inside and outside of the door, the handle, and the keypad.

Use the Right Equipment

When you’re ready for a deep clean, it is suggested to use a microfiber cloth or a non-abrasive sponge and scrape away at stubborn spots.

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Cleaning Your Microwave Quickly and Easily

  • Put a few moist paper towels inside the machine and run it on high for 3-5 minutes to dislodge any gunk caught on the sides. Simply wipe the sides clean with cloths once the dirt has peeled off and the microwave has cooled.
  • Warm a moist cloth in the microwave for 2 minutes after rinsing it in cold water and squeezing out some of the water. Wipe the insides clean with the hot rag and be cautious not to burn your hands.
  • Microwaving a bowl of water for 2 minutes on high and then letting it sit for another 2 minutes works great to steam out all the filth caught on the sides, making it easy to wipe clean.
  • Microwaving a bowl of water for 2 minutes on high and then letting it sit for another 2 minutes works great to steam out all the filth caught on the sides, making it easy to wipe clean.

Cleaning a Microwave in a Natural Way

  • The lemon trick is one of the most basic and natural microwave cleaning methods. Lemon juice mixed with rinds in water is an excellent cleaning method for a dirty microwave. When you boil the lemon water in the microwave, condensation forms on the machine’s surfaces, which helps peel off debris and food particles, which you can then wipe away with a clean cloth. To remove stubborn stains, dab a corner of the towel in the lemon water and scrub the stains clean with it. The lemon also acts as a deodorant, removing food odors from the microwave.
  • Another good cleaning agent is vinegar. Only 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar, 1-2 cups of water, and a drop of essential oil (if you don’t want your microwave to smell like vinegar) are required. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the vinegar and oil, microwave for 5 minutes, wait 2 minutes to steam the dirt off the sides, and then wipe the unit clean. Just make sure the bowl doesn’t become too hot, otherwise, the liquid will erupt within. A toothpick can also be floated in water to keep it from exploding.
  • You can also use baking soda to wipe up any spills on the floor or turntable. To soften the grime, make a paste using baking soda and water in a 2:1 ratio and apply it to the grime. It will take about 6 minutes to work, after which you may wipe away the paste with a damp cloth or sponge.

Cleaning Certain Microwave Components

  • Cleaning the turntable is simple and may be done in the same way you clean your plates and glasses. Simply avoid submerging the hot turntable in cold water to avoid breaking it. You may also use a glass cleaner to shine the turntable, just like the microwave door. With a terry towel drenched in dishwashing liquid, scrub the exterior and wipe it clean.
  • You can even use the multi-purpose kitchen spray outside. Apply it to the unit, paying specific attention to the buttons and handles where dirt likes to collect, then wipe it clean with a paper towel from top to bottom.
  • In fact, the spray may be used to clean the insides as well. Spray the interior, then wipe it off with a soft moist cloth, getting into the corners, inside the door, the plate, and the walls. Finally, use paper towels to dry the walls, dishes, and other items. A bathroom foam cleanser can also be used as a spray for this.

Self-clean Function

Some high-end microwaves even have a self-cleaning mode. If yours does, simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how and when to use it. These usually employ a mechanism similar to the one described below, in which the microwave steam cleans itself by heating a bowl of water.

Clean the Microwave Using Dish Soap

  • Dish soap contains grease-cutting surfactants that penetrate filth and muck fast. Grab a small bowl and lather up the soapsuds with a little warm water to clean a microwave with dish soap. Wipe the interior and outside of the microwave with a sponge or cleaning cloth.
  • With a damp cloth, start at the top and work your way down. Instead of soaking the microwave in the liquid, clean the vents and control panels with a moist rag. After cleaning the surface, wipe it down again with a clean rag. To avoid streaks, remove any soap suds and buff the area dry.

Clean Burnt Area on the Microwave

  • Make a cleaning paste to clean a burnt microwave. Combine baking soda, Bar Keeper’s Friend, an acid such as lemon juice or white vinegar, and a few drops of liquid detergent in a mixing bowl.
  •  For 20 minutes, apply the paste to the burn area or stain. To remove and lift the stain from the surface, buff the area. To remove any remaining film, wipe the area with a moist cloth.

Getting Rid of Smell in the Microwave

  • In a microwave-safe container, combine 14 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of water to clean a stinky microwave. Microwave the bowl on high for 3 minutes, or until the water starts to boil.
  • Allow 5 minutes for the steam to form inside the microwave. The baking soda steam will freshen the microwave’s interior and deodorize it.