The Best Method for Easily Cleaning Your Microwave


You’ve noticed that your microwave is looking a little grimy these days, so now what? How do you easily clean a microwave without breaking a sweat? The best method involves water, lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda.

However, you can still achieve perfect cleanliness without vinegar and its accompanying ingredients. Let’s break down the method to the madness even further.

Our Best + Easiest Way To Clean a Microwave

First things first, make regular cleaning sessions a routine task. Just do it. The more you stay on top of your foody mess, the less you have to deal with in the future. That means wiping up spilled soup or exploded food before it gets hard and stuck to the microwave plate- or walls.

This is what you’ll need to clean your microwave and remove gross stuck-on food. These ingredients will also help kill any lingering smells that are- shall we say- unpleasant.

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Soft sponge or cloth (2)
  • Microwave-safe dish
Baking soda

After you’ve gathered your cleaning arsenal, try using this natural and easy recipe to create a grime-fighting concoction.

  • Half cup of water
  • Half cup of white vinegar
  • Two tablespoons of baking soda
  • Two-three tablespoons of lemon juice

Combine those ingredients in your microwavable dish, grab your cleaning cloths, and read on.

How to Clean the Microwave Plate & Walls

You’ve got all your ingredients together in a bowl- check. Now, put the bowl in the microwave (alone) on high for at least two to five minutes. The point here is to heat the liquids up enough to release steam for easy cleaning.

Let the bowl cool and the steam “relax” in the microwave for a few moments after the timer goes off. Then, take one of your soft sponges or cloths and wipe down the inside walls and turntable plate. If that didn’t do it, dab your sponge or cloth into the mixture and use some elbow grease. Take the second dry cloth and wipe it down to remove any dampness.

If your turntable is super icky, gently remove it from the microwave and wash it with dish soap under warm water in the sink.

No Vinegar On Hand? No Problem.

If you’re not the type of person to just keep vinegar and baking soda lying around, a non-abrasive microwave cleaner or mild dish soap can do the trick too. We think the tried-and-true vinegar method is the best, but there’s always more than one way to do things.

With that said, we do NOT recommend using bleach or oven cleaners to ever clean your microwave- inside or out. The harsh chemicals can deteriorate your appliance over time.

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