My kitchen always has something that needs to be cleaned. From countertops to appliances and everything in between, the job is never done! One of the most hated tasks among them is cleaning the microwave. The explosive spaghetti, the splatters of soup, and the caked-on, baked-on pieces of…whatever that was. Yes, we all know, all too well, how much fun this chore can be. I want to offer some neat microwave cleaning tips and tricks to help you clean your microwave more quickly and efficiently, as well as maintain it.
Microwave Cleaning Method 1
The first method is by using vinegar and water, which can be appealing to those who don’t like to use harsh chemicals and cleaners, especially around their food.
- Fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl half full of water. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar.
- Place inside the microwave.
- Turn on for 5 minutes. You may need less time in a high-powered microwave oven; keep an eye on it the first time you try this. This will steam up the walls of the microwave and loosen the dried-on gunk.
- Remove the glass container. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean rag or paper towel. The loose gunk should come off easily now.
- Take out the glass tray or turntable and wash it like a dish. You could even run it through the dishwasher if you have time.
I find that this method works the best for me. I had to run my microwave for longer because we tend to have lots of explosions at my house.
Microwave Cleaning Method 2
The second method is by using a lemon, cut in half.
- Cut a lemon in half. Place both halves cut-side down on a microwaveable plate with a tablespoon of water.
- Microwave for about one minute or until the lemon is hot and the inside of the microwave is steamy.
- Wipe the inside of the microwave with a paper towel and wash the plate.
Bonus: Now that the lemon is hot and squishy, it makes a great natural cleanser for a smelly garbage disposal. Cut the halves into smaller pieces and flush through with plenty of hot water.
I like this lemon method, but I found that it sometimes was a little sticky in there after cleaning. I’m not sure if it’s because of the lemon, but I ended up having to do a second cleaning with the above vinegar method.
Microwave Cleaning Method 3
The third and final method is by using dish soap.
- Take a microwave safe bowl and fill it with warm water.
- Add about a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.
- Put the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute or until it starts to steam.
- Take the bowl out. Get a fairly damp sponge and wipe the inside of the microwave.
- The steam will have loosened the gunk up so that you will be able to easily clean your microwave.
Optional: Add baking soda to the bowl to serve as a deodorizer.
To me, this method seemed a little more labor intensive, but worked just as well as the first.
Hopefully you find that one of these 3 methods will work best for you and your microwave! Here are a few tips to help you maintain that sparkle and shine:
- To keep your microwave clean, cover food loosely when heating it
- It’s always best to clean up messes in your microwave right away, so that the gunk doesn’t have a chance to harden and get caked on.
- After you have cleaned it, leave the microwave open for a few minutes afterward in order to let it dry and air out a bit inside.
- Clean your microwave about once or twice a month to prevent long-term build up.