How to Clean a Microwave?
Every housekeeper uses a microwave very often at the kitchen. It helps to save time when you prepare food for your family. It is very convenient and you can easily use it but a microwave gets super dirty and it can be difficult to clean it.
We use our microwaves for preparing food every day and sometimes notice how dirty they’re when it’s too late to ignore. Remember, the longer you put off its cleaning, the harder it will be to get rid of the dirt and grime.
Even now if you are not enough motivated when notice ugly grease and grime inside your microwave, think what problems and dangers of letting your microwave get too dirty. Bacteria will grow inside your dirty microwave and your kitchen will start to smell without regular cleaning.
When you spill food in the microwave, it provides nutrients and moisture. The dirty microwave with closed door creates the perfect environment for germs. It can lead to health problems, also it can create lingering odors and even catch fire!
The main problem for many housekeepers is that they don't want to clean up an especially dirty microwave. However, we know how to clean a microwave with a few simple steps.
Here are a few tips how you can easily clean your microwave and allow it to last a long time.
Easy Ways to Clean Your Microwave
You need to clean your microwave regularly if you often use it for preparing food if you want to remove the spread of germs, disinfect the exterior and keypad daily. You can add our easy microwave cleaning tips to your cleaning checklist.
Cleaning with baking soda
You can also use baking soda for cleaning your microwave. It is considered as a natural deodorizer, cleaner, and mildly abrasive, so it’s one of the best ways to clean microwave stains and buildup.
What you need to do:
- Take a microwave-safe bowl and fill halfway with water.
- Mix with 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Put the bowl with mixture in a microwave and run it for five minutes.
- Take out the microwave-safe bowl from your microwave.
- Remove the grime on the inside.
- Take a towel and dip into the towel and clean the microwave door and exterior.
Or you can clean your microwave in the easy way:
- Sprinkle the dirty area with baking soda.
- Take a scrubby sponge and remove the tough stains.
- Clean your microwave from the excess baking soda.
Also, you can use baking soda for cleaning oven and stove regularly.
Cleaning with vinegar
We recommend you to use distilled white vinegar for cleaning your microwave because it is the best natural cleaner and sanitizer and it is safe for cleaning surfaces throughout your home.
How you can clean your microwave with vinegar:
- Take a microwave-safe bowl.
- Add one cup of water and vinegar in equal parts.
- Put the bowl in the microwave and let it to steam for quite a bit.
Don't forget to wipe the microwave dry before using it again. If you want to minimize the vinegar odor, add two drops of your favorite essential oil.
Cleaning with lemon
Lemon is also a perfect natural disinfectant for a microwave oven. Also, it will leave your microwave with fresh smell.
How you can clean your microwave with lemon:
- Take a lemon and rub it between your palms to loosen up the juices.
- Cut a lemon in half and pour all the juice into a microwave-safe bowl.
- Add one cup of water.
- Place the bowl in your microwave.
- Run the microwave for five minutes.
- Allow the bowl sit for 10 more minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave (be careful when open the door).
- Damp a microfiber cloth with your lemon and water solution.
- Wipe down inside and outside of your microwave.
The method is an effective strategy of cleaning microwave. So don't forget to store lemons in your fridge.
Cleaning with dish soap
If you want to effectively sanitize the inside of your microwave, don't use harsh cleaners. You can prepare your own solution with dish soap mixed with water:
- Half-fill a microwave-safe bowl with warm water.
- Add a few squirts of dish soap.
- Run a microwave for around 1 minute.
- Leave the bowl inside of microwave to steam for as long as possible.
- Wipe off a microwave with a damp sponge.
- Dry a microwave with paper towels or a dry cloth to remove the dirt and soap residue.
We also recommend you to add baking soda to the microwave-safe bowl to serve as a deodorizer.
Cleaning with wet paper towels
If you need to clean your microwave fast, use wet paper towels.
- Place wet paper towels inside of the microwave.
- Run the microwave on high power for five minutes.
- Leave the towels cool down and wipe the exterior and then the interior.
Also, you can use baking soda on the inside of your microwave to get rid of stubborn stains and grime.
How to Keep Your Microwave Always Clean
If you don't want to wipe down your microwave every time you use it, follow these tips that will help protect your microwave from the dirt and grease messes:
- Don't forget to cover your food in a microwave – Take a paper towel or special microwave-safe covering and cover your food when heating it in the microwave. It will help keep your meal on the plate.
- Choose a lower power setting – If you want to prevent your food to boil over or splatter, switch to a lower power setting of your microwave. If you want to know how to set the wattage to a lower amount, examine your microwave’s instruction manual.
- Wipe the outside of your microwave – When you prepare greasy foods in your microwave, open up it with a paper towel or cloth. It will help you keep handles and microwave buttons grease-free. It is important to have your microwave clean inside and outside.