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How To Clean A Microwave

Have you ever inadvertently set your microwave for something like 30 minutes instead of 30 seconds – and only realized when food has begun splattering all over your microwave’s interior? Unfortunately, we’ve done that more than once – and cleaning up a microwave that’s been spray painted with sweet potato puree is no fun… particularly if you can’t get to it right away and it’s dried on!

Fortunately, there IS a technique you can use to clean your microwave easily and quickly, with very little effort… and it leaves your kitchen smelling wonderful afterwards!


These are just some of the most basic materials you’ll need when cleaning a microwave. Luckily you should have most of these items on hand in your kitchen and bathroom pantry. Be sure to have them on hand so that you are ready any time you need to deal with a dirty microwave.

  • 1 cup of water
  • Sponge
  • Lemon
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Commercial cleaner
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Microwave safe bowl


Now that you know the tools that will help you clean your microwave, here are some of the things you need to know when it comes to cleaning your device:

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If your microwave doesn’t look like a nuclear explosion happened inside it, then using a bunch of wet paper towels would be more than sufficient to clean it. Just place the wet paper towels inside your microwave and run your microwave on high for around 5 minutes. This trick will create steam which will help you remove unwanted dirt and contaminants in your microwave. It also serves as a primer for tougher issues like stuck food.


This method works almost the same as the Wet Paper Towel Method. Fill a non-metallic microwave-safe bowl with parts of water and dish soap and place it in the microwave. Let it run for just 1 minute on a high temperature or until it steams. Remove the bowl and use a sponge to wipe the inside of your microwave. Don’t forget to clean the microwave door whilst you’re at it.


Baking soda is the go-to cleaner for stuck food in your microwave, amongst other things. Simply make a paste out of baking soda and water and place it on whatever hardened food is stuck in your microwave. Allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes then just wipe it off with a wet sponge or towel. You may repeat the process until you can completely and easily remove the unwanted burnt food inside.


The process for using this solution is just like the dish soap method. Grab a microwave-safe bowl and mix in one cup of water and vinegar in equal parts. Place it in the microwave and allow it to steam for quite a bit. Make sure to wipe the unit dry before using it again so that there won’t be any traces of vinegar left inside your microwave. Vinegar water is a timeless, versatile, natural cleaning product that assists with the removal of stubborn stains and grime. A match made in heaven for an extra dirty microwave.


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