The microwave oven is such a staple kitchen convenience nowadays that there might not be a kitchen without one. They’re fast, simple to operate, and reliable, but they also get dirty easily. A dirty easily can brood all sorts of problems – bacteria infestation, contaminants, risk of fire, etc. – and at the same time, it is tough and demoralizing to clean. But no worries, in this article we have the microwave cleaning hacks than can make this tough task a walk in the park.

1. Cleaning a microwave quickly and easily

So before we dig into the juicier part, that is, the tips and tricks that will help you easily clean up that damn greasy, smelly mess inside your microwave, we are here tell you one thing: Diligent everyday maintenance is the biggest microwave cleaning hack there is. Here are our suggestions of what you should do during the process of cleaning and during your daily use of the appliance that will help you clean the microwave quicker and easier, not just once, but every time.

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Nothing beats diligent daily maintenance (Source: Internet)

1.1 Use your microwave properly

A lot about cleaning a microwave quickly and easily has to do with not making a mess inside it in the first place. And in order to do that, the first thing you should do is learn how to use the microwave properly to avoid spillage, splattering, explosions, and all other mishaps that may turn your microwave into a mess. Here are some precautions to take when using your microwave to process food items.

  • Set the microwave at low power levels when you warm up messy foods.
  • Cover food in your microwave with a paper towel or plate to contain splatters.
  • When heating soups and other watery items, put a plate under the bowl/container to catch the overflow.
  • When there’s a spillage, clean up immediately.
  • Reduce moisture and odors by leaving your microwave door open between uses.
  • Never input containers and food items that are dangerous to the microwave.
  • Follow strictly the cooking times and temperatures recommended for any specific food item.
  • Avoid microwaving foods that leave lingering grease and/or smell, such as bacon or microwave popcorn. If it is unavoidable, you should clean up the microwave’s inside immediately after cooking using the method introduced in the later session.

1.2 Cleaning the microwave regularly

Even when used properly, a microwave can still build up grease, grime, and bacteria quite quickly, and the best practice is to clean them regularly. Cleaning a microwave regularly helps us get rid of any kind of buildup that we normally won’t realize or won’t take care of until they become a problem too big to ignore. 

So, by doing a simple cleaning routine frequently, we prevent the microwave from building up into an uncleanable mess, thus helping ourselves to clean the microwave easily and quickly. And that also allows us to enjoy the service of the microwave much better and sustainably.

1.3 Refine your cleaning routine

In order to keep your microwave tidy all the time and relief the burden of deep cleaning, it is crucial that your cleaning routine is refined, so that it takes care of every part of the microwave and does so in the most efficient way. So here are our suggestions on what you should pay attention to cleaning and how to do so.

1.3.1 What you need to clean:

  1. The inside of the microwave
  2. The door of the microwave
  3. The number pad
  4. The outside of the microwave

1.3.2 How you should clean these parts:

a) Cleaning the inside of the microwave: 

For the inside walls, the general principle is to cover the inside of the microwave with the cleaner, leave it for some time to break down the stains, then wipe it clean with a cloth.  While spraying the cleanser with a spray bottle is a fair option, it can be difficult to do properly given how cramped of a place the inside of the microwave is. There are some microwave cleaning hacks, that can help you saturate the cleaner inside the microwave much quicker and more effectively, which we will discuss in later sessions.

The turntable can be removed from the microwave and can be cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher just like a normal dish.

b) Cleaning the door of the microwave

You can take care of most grease build-up and stuck-on splatters with a homemade cleanser using either baking soda, vinegar, or dish soap. Dip a sponge/cloth in the mixture and wipe the door clean. Make sure to clean parts that are often overlooked, like the edges of the door, and the area where the door seals the microwave when closed. 

If the stains persist, try with a commercial cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Be as modest as possible with liquid/moisture to avoid letting some into the vent holes and electronic components. 

c) Cleaning the electronic control:

The electronic control is probably the most delicate electronic component of the unit, so a scrubbing with a non-scratch scrubber (such as Scotch-Brite) might be ideal. Also, never spray electronic controls directly with the cleaner; you should spray it onto your scrubber first, then do the scrubbing, in order to limit the moisture and avoid damaging the control.

d) Cleaning the outside of the microwave

Ammonia is an excellent cleanser both for stainless steel and glass. Mix ammonia and water at a 1:2 ratio, and put in a spray bottle. A commercial cleaner is also an option. As you proceed with the cleaning, spray the cleanser mixture onto your cloth (damp it, not saturate it). Then use it to wipe the outsides of the microwave.

As a note, vinegar can corrode rubber components, so use baking soda or dish soap in presence of such components.

2. Microwave cleaning tricks

So now we’ll move on to the more exciting part of this article: The devilishly-magical microwave cleaning tricks, that can restore your heavily-soiled microwave into an almost brand new look. The greasy, gritty, grimy sight of an uncleaned microwave makes you want to give the cleaning attempt an infinite rain check: The burnt-in stains and splatters can feel moral-crushing to clean at all, let alone clean them quickly or easily. But some tricks can take care of all of those problems:

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Microwave cleaning tricks using common household ingredients (Source: Internet)

The vinegar method

There is one trick for cleaning the inside of the microwave, that has consistently shown up in almost every microwave cleaning guide on the Internet, most often cited as “the vinegar method”. The steps go as follows:

  • Step 1: Combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl (fill up to half of the bowl). You can also replace the vinegar with apple cider or lemon juice.
  • Step 2: Place the bowl in the microwave and turn it on high power for 7-10 minutes until the mixture boils and the window steams up.
  • Step 3: Let the microwave cool for 5 minutes before opening the door. Then wipe the inside of the microwave clean using a sponge.

A lot of people may ask what is the point of this rather roundabout way to apply the vinegar cleanser which they could easily spray with a spray bottle. The point of this method is that it allows the vinegar cleanser to evaporate and saturate all over the inside of the microwave much better than spraying: With the microwave being such a cramped place, it would be difficult or nearly impossible to spray all the spots inside the microwave using the clunky spray bottle. 

What’s more, the evaporation allows the vinegar cleanser to latch on the surface and the grime spots much better, and the steam also softens the caked-up grime and creates better ambient conditions for the grimes to chemically break down. Thus, while being heavier on the preparation, this method makes the later wipe cleaning so much easier and effortless. 

As a note, some people have reported that their microwave exploded when using this method. However, the cause of this phenomenon has been figured out, and the method can be performed safely by instating some simple countermeasures. 

The explosion happens when the surface of the water is too smooth, rendering the water unable to bubble when boiled: Water bubbles can only form around the irregularities in the water or the container, called “the nucleation sites”. As the water cannot bubble, the gas got trapped inside it until being released altogether as a steam explosion. 

An easy countermeasure is to float a wooden toothpick or keep a wooden skewer in the bowl. This keeps the vinegar method perfectly safe for use. And, as we said, it is definitely a great microwave cleaning hack that you don’t want to miss out on.

Other tricks to clean your microwave

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Deodorize the microwave with baking soda (Source: Internet)

 

Apart from the staple vinegar method that takes care of the biggest compartment of the microwave, some other microwave cleaning tricks can help you take care of other microwave problems:

  • For tough, baked-on grime and grease that the vinegar can’t take care of, try a 1:1 baking soda-water paste, or dish soap
  • For mild burnt odor, try airing out the interior by leaving the door open for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • To deodorize stronger odors, leave a plate/bowl of baking soda inside the microwave overnight or until the next use.
  • For really bad odors, use the previously-mentioned vinegar method but with lemon juice instead of vinegar.
  • To remove stuck food in the interior or baked-on burnt spills, try to break down and remove most of the debris using a plastic scraper, then use the lemon or vinegar method.

3. More microwave cleaning tips

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Microwave cleaning tips for better safety and cleaning efficiency (Source: Internet)

In addition to the major shenanigans like the microwave cleaning tricks and hacks, we also have some simple microwave cleaning tips that can help improve your cleaning experience

  • Make sure to turn off and unplug your microwave before cleaning to avoid electrical accidents.
  • Never put any metallic object inside your microwave. Never use metallic brushes and similar tools to clean your microwave.
  • Be careful when using water, as it may damage the electrical and electronic components.
  • Takeout and clean your microwave’s turntable every now and then. In doing so, also give the interior of the microwave a good wipe. Leave the turntable to dry after washing, and put it back in before someone else uses the microwave.
  • Always use lids when heating up food or drinks to minimize spatter.
  • Always opt for a low power setting whenever possible, to reduce the risk of splattering, spillage, or burning.
  • Avoid using strong chemicals when cleaning your microwave. The last thing you want is for chemical residuals to be in your food.
  • Regular cleaning cannot fix mechanical issues of the microwave, but it can help prolong the unit’s function life cycle.

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Microwave ovens have become an evitable kitchen appliance in every modern home. With this spectacular appliance, all your leftover food can be reheated in minutes, and preparing desired dishes with flawless accuracy of taste would no longer be a difficult task. However, like anything else, these must-have kitchen items aren’t perfect. They can quickly harbor spills, stains, and unpleasant odors if they are used frequently.

Of course, eliminating spills, splatters in these electronic appliances could be done easily with some chemical cleaning products. But not all of us are fans of using chemicals in our homes. If you are looking for a cleaning product for your microwave that will effectively work but won’t leave dangerous chemicals behind. This article is for you. In this article, we are gonna share with you some easy-to-follow tips to clean a microwave naturally and safely.

1. Clean a microwave with vinegar:

There is a wide variety of effective ways and cleaning products available to clean a microwave but vinegar is eco friendly, easy-to-find, and inexpensive. Vinegar’s acidity allows it to tackle all sorts of hardened spills and get rid of stuck-on splatters with minimal effort. Before you begin cleaning your microwave with this easy to find ingredient, you’ll need the following tools:

  • A small microwave-safe bowl,
  • A sponge
  • A clean dry dish towel

How to clean a microwave with vinegar

  • Step 1: Pour about 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a microwaveable bowl.
  • Step 2: Place the bowl in the microwave and run the microwave on high power for 5 minutes so the liquid reaches to the boil.
  • Step 3: Once the time is up, do not open the door right away. Let it stand for 4 -5 minutes to loosen the burnt-on food grime.
  • Step 4: Open the door and carefully take the bowl out with oven mitts. If your microwave has a turntable, gently remove it as well.
  • Step 5: Take a sponge, dip it into vinegar-water mixture and then wipe out your microwave, both inside and out. If you took the turntable out, wipe it down with your sponge and put it back in.

2. Clean a microwave with lemon:

Cleaning a microwave with a lemon ( Source: Internet)

Thanks to high natural acidity, lemon is recognized as an effective all-purpose natural cleaner. With its antibacterial and anti- fungal properties, stinky odors and greasy splatters can be dislodged completely. You’ll need the following cleaning tools below before giving your microwave a natural cleaning treatment with this magic ingredient:

  • a small microwave-safe bowl
  • a lemon
  • a clean dry dish towel

So how to clean a microwave with a lemon ?

  • Step 1: Pour half a cup of water into a microwaveable bowl.
  • Step 2: Slice the lemon in half, squeeze its juice into the bowl and then drop both halves in as well.
  • Step 3: Put the bowl in the microwave and set the time for about 3 minutes or until the liquid boils.
  • Step 4: Leave the bowl in the microwave for another 5 minutes to allow acidity from lemon and steam from the water to dissolve stubborn food stains.
  • Step 5: Carefully remove the bowl from the interior of the microwave oven and then wipe down the microwave with a wet cloth bathed in clean water and dry with a soft towel.
  • Step 6: Wipe down the sides, door, bottom and top of the inside of the microwave with a clean dish towel, being sure to avoid getting any liquid in the vents. 

3. Clean a microwave with baking soda

Baking soda is another ideal cleaning agent for your microwave as it has proved its great ability at eliminating unpleasant aromas, removing built-up baked on food and cleaning appliances. On top of that it’s available, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly, making it an excellent substitute for any other harmful cleansers you could have around your house. Here are instructions you can follow to clean a microwave with baking soda.

  • Step 1:  Preparing your cleaning mixture by mixing two tablespoons of baking soda and a cup of water in a mircrowave safe bowl.
  • Step 2:  Place the bowl of baking soda mixture in the dirty microwave and let it run for 5 minutes on high power so the liquid comes to a boil.
  • Step 3:  Once the time is up, let the mixture sit in the microwave for a few minutes with the door closed.
  • Step 4:  Open the door, put gloves in hand and carefully remove the soda-water bowl out of your microwave.
  • Step 5:  Finally, wipe off your microwave with a damp cloth towel, especially grooves, panels, and other difficult-to-clean areas.
Clean a microwave with baking soda (Source: Internet)

4. Clean a microwave with Clorox wipes:

When it comes to cleaning a stinky, greasy microwave oven, you normally assume that Clorox wipes have nothing to offer but actually they do. However, they need to be used in conjunction with one of those cleaning products mentioned above to maximize the effectiveness of cleaning and disinfecting. All you need to do is to follow exactly the cleaning instructions with three different ingredients outlined above, but at the last step,  instead of using a dry clean towel for wiping, wipe off your microwave with Clorox wipes to make your oven not only clean  but also hygiene.

Repeat this process at least once a week to keep your microwave oven free of germs, bacteria and contaminants that can damage your food and threaten your health.

Clean a microwave with Clorox wipes (Source: Internet)

Note: Before you clean a microwave with Clorox wipes, read the label carefully to ensure that they do not contain any components that could cause an allergic reaction on your skin.

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After a period of usage, every microwave oven will be smelly, unpleasant, and not as clean as it was. So how to clean the microwave effectively? Many individuals just use a moist towel to remove apparent spots in the microwave. However, simply utilizing water for sanitary purposes is not enough. Bacteria, persistent oil, and food odors have not been entirely eradicated. Today, Sparkling and Beyond will give some tips for cleaning your microwave effectively while saving as much money as possible.

How often should a microwave oven be cleaned? 

Each household’s cleaning routine is different depending on how frequently the microwave is used. However, like other kitchen equipment, you should clean the oven at least once or twice a month to prevent germ development and avoid food poisoning. So stay tuned to the following article to know how to clean your microwave properly.

How to clean the inside of the microwave? 

Clean the inside of the microwave with white vinegar

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Clean the inside of the machine with white vinegar (Source: Internet)

White vinegar has antibacterial and deodorant properties. To easily clean the inside of the microwave, simply do the following steps: 

  1. Take 1/2 bowl of water, add 1 spoonful of white vinegar, and place the bowl inside the microwave oven. 
  2. For 5 minutes, preheat the microwave oven. The cooking time is reduced by around 2 to 3 minutes if the microwave oven is set to high power. In this way, the white vinegar solution will evaporate and flake the stubborn stains that have adhered to the oven. 
  3. After 5 minutes, turn off the oven, remove the mixture from the bowl, and carefully wipe the inside of the oven compartment with a clean cloth to remove the stains.

Clean the inside of the microwave with dishwashing liquid

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Clean the inside of the microwave with dishwashing liquid (Source: Internet)

Mix dishwashing liquid and clean water to make a microwave cleaning solution. Soak a cloth or a sponge into the solution before squeezing it anditand wipe all over the microwave walls. Keep in mind that heavy stains, which are difficult to remove, must be properly wiped away.

After wiping the inside of the microwave with dishwashing liquid, wipe it with a clean dipping cloth once or twice to ensure that all of the soap residue is cleared. You can either let the microwave dry naturally or use a dry towel to re-dry it. Finally insert the swivel disc back into the oven.

Clean your microwave with the paper towel method.

To clean your microwave, wet a few paper towels and heat them on high for one minute. Wait five minutes to open the door, and then (carefully!) wipe it clean with the hot towels.

How to clean the microwave outside? 

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Clean the microwave outside (Source: Internet)

You can still clean the exterior of the microwave using the dishwashing solutions you used before with a wipe or sponge. Alternatively, you may clean using a 1:1 aqueous vinegar solution. Make sure to thoroughly wipe any grooves, panels, and difficult-to-clean areas.

Clean microwave door with glass cleaner

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Clean microwave door with glass cleaner (Source: Internet)

 Preparation

  • Glass cleaner. 
  • Warm water.
  • Clean towels. 

Steps taken:

  • Step 1: Prepare a 1:1 combination of warm water and glass cleaner. 
  • Step 2: Soak a soft towel in the aforesaid liquid for 5 minutes and arrange it in the needed cleaning positions.
  • Step 3: Clean the microwave door, rotating plate, the bottom of the oven, the oven walls, and the vents using a soft cloth that has been soaked in the mixture and dried. 
  • Step 4: Finally, wipe the oven with a wet cloth bathed in clean water and dry with a soft towel.

How to clean the microwave smell?

Deodorize the microwave to clean it

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Deodorize the microwave to clean it (Source: Internet)

Make a deodorizing solution by combining 2 cups of water in a microwave-safe basin and squeezing a lemon into the water. After squeezing the lemon peel, place it in a dish of water and swirl with chopsticks. If you don’t have any lemons on hand, you may use orange juice, jam, or vinegar.

Boil the deodorizing solution in the microwave: Place the bowl of squeezed lemon juice in the microwave and set it to high for 2 minutes. When the solution is boiling, it will fill the entire oven space with the perfume of lemon, which will help deodorize it efficiently.

At the end of 2 minutes, you still leave the microwave, do not open the oven door immediately, leave it for 15 minutes for bacteria and food odors to be completely eradicated. Remember to carefully lift the bowl of lemonade when done to proceed to the next cleaning step.

Using coffee to clean the microwave smell

Using coffee to clean the microwave smell
Using coffee to clean the microwave smell (Source: Internet)
  • 2 teaspoons of coffee powder
  • Clean water, 
  • clean glass.

Steps for Implementation 

  • Step 1: Place 2 teaspoons of coffee powder in a large microwave-safe cup, followed by more than half a cup of water. 
  • Step 2: Place the cup in the oven and cook it for 5 minutes (in heating mode) until it evaporates. 
  • Step 3: To eradicate undesirable odors, continue to keep the cup in the oven and incubate for about 10 minutes after turning off the oven.
  • Step 4: Clean the stains that have been removed with a towel, then completely clean with water and dry with a soft towel.

FAQs

When removing something from the oven, do you wear oven mitts?

When cooking or baking, oven mitts should always be worn when dealing with hot things. Use oven mitts when using a hot oven, transporting hot foods, and removing lids from hot pots.

What is the best way to clean my microwave with apple cider vinegar and water?

Mix 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar and microwave for five minutes. Wait another five minutes before opening the appliance’s door, and then wipe the inside and door with a sponge or paper towel.

How should a stainless steel microwave be cleaned?

  • One cup of water should be heated on full power for three minutes. …
  • Allow five additional minutes to stand after the three minutes.
  • Use a plastic pad or scrubber to clean as usual.

Note when washing and cleaning the microwave 

Do not use a harsh bristle brush since it will leave scratches in the oven and cause the plaque to cling more tightly to the scratches, resulting in a loss of aesthetics. You could use an old toothbrush to scrub the microwave, which would be a better fit!

After wiping, the microwave oven will have the typical scent of baking soda. If you don’t like the scent, you can mix some dishwashing liquid into the water. Dip the mixture with a towel to wipe away the baking soda. Finally, clean the dishwasher with a damp cloth and wipe off the dishwashing liquid mixture inside.

Sparkling and Beyond hopes to provide readers with relevant knowledge about how to clean the microwave through these shares. To clean up your powerful side of the cooking frenzy, use the microwave cleaning techniques provided above! 

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