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How to Clean a Microwave

A smelly, stained, and messy microwave is a total turnoff. But there is nothing a good scrubbing, using the right products can’t do. The good news is that you can use your everyday cleaning products, like vinegar, baking soda, and others to get the job done. In today’s article, we take you through some of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your microwave clean. Let’s dig in!

The Greasy Microwave Door

The door of the microwave is notorious for hosting stubborn stains and grease, mostly from regular handling and food spills. Get rid of such by:

  • Applying a little detergent soap/baking soda to a damp sponge and use it to thoroughly clean the entire door. Reach out to all corners, from both the inside and the exterior of the door. Afterward, rinse the sponge in clean water, squeeze and wipe for a sparkling look. 
  • Using a mixture of water and vinegar (50:50), and a soft sponge/cloth to wipe clean a greasy window. 
  • For stubborn build-up dirt and grease, an all-purpose grease detergent comes in handy.  
  • For a stainless steel microwave, a few drops of alcohol will help get rid of those annoying fingerprints really fast!


Getting Rid of Stuck Food Particles

If the food dries up on the turntable, hand wash it with water and soap. Also, feel free to use a dishwasher where applicable. 

For foods sticking on other areas of the interior, use a specialized scrubber for a quick job. 

Also, microwave your damp soft cloth/sponge for around 3 minutes. Let it cool, and then dip it in a mixture of warm soapy water and use it to wipe away the food particles.  This is also a great way of killing bacteria hidden in various parts of your microwave. 

The Microwave Insides

This is the heart of your microwave. It soils pretty fast and the combination of smells gives it an undesirable feel. For this:

  • Combine a cup of water with half a cup of orange/lemon/lime juice. 
  • Pour the mixture into the microwave-safe bowl, and put it in the microwave.
  • Turn the power on (the higher the better) to bring the mixture to boiling point.
  • Let the boiling continue until the window becomes misty.
  • Turn the power off, and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Open the door, take out the safe bowl, remove the rack, and the glass plate and wipe them clean using a sponge.  You can also use a tough grease formula to hand wash them. 
  • Wipe the interior part of the microwave using a sponge. Keep it open to allow air circulation and proper drying before returning the removable parts.
  • Alternatively, mix water and vinegar (50:50), pour into a spray bottle and spray the interior parts of the microwave with the mixture. 
  • Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the stubbornness of the dirt, and then wipe with a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Oil those stains up. Yes, they might be greasy, but a little olive oil does magic to stubborn spots. Add a few drops of olive oil to your cleaning cloth or sponge and forcefully wipe the stains. Afterward, use baking soda or vinegar to clean the olive oil residue. 


Removing Burnt Smell

Microwave interiors tend to retain certain food smells for a long/short time. To avoid them sticking into your next meals:

  • Always leave the microwave door open for a couple of minutes to get rid of light scents. You can also close the door with a spoonful of baking soda inside to soak up the smell.
  • Wash that filter. While this shouldn’t be a daily/ weekly routine, washing the microwave filter once in a while using the manufacturer manual can help get rid of familiar food odors. 

Note: Most filters are hand-washable using regular detergent soap and warm water. Ensure they’re dry before reinstalling.  

-You can also change the filter after months of use. Of course depending on the frequency of microwave use.

  • For extremely strong stenches, let the experts help you.  Some are stubborn and won’t go away even after a thorough cleaning, using the above-mentioned procedures. There are various odor elimination products in the market to suit your needs. For instance, leave specialized smell-absorbing gels inside the microwave to trap the smells. 

Note: Always remember to first clean any residues using a damp cloth/sponge/paper towel.


Microwave Cleaning Faqs

How Frequently Should I Clean My Microwave?

It depends on how often you use your microwave. But, generally, microwaves need cleaning once weekly.  

Yes, this might seem like a lot, but cleaning those spills and stains often means no pilling up of dirt. And you won’t have to deal with stubborn dried-up stains from last month in your monthly cleaning sessions!

What will I need to give my microwave a thorough cleaning?

As mentioned earlier, most of the products you will need to clean your microwave, are already in your home. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Oranges/ Lemons/ Limes
  • Vinegar
  • Soft Cloth
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Mild detergent soap
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Specialized Magic Erasers
  • A microwave-safe bowl

How can I safely clean my microwave?

Avoid using detergents with harsh chemicals when cleaning your microwave. This can cause malfunctioning of some parts, and shorten their lifespan.

Also, let your microwave cool off before wiping its interiors to avoid burns.

How can I keep my Microwave clean?

Always cover your food to keep them on your plate. There are various microwave-safe specialized coverings in the market you can purchase and use. Also, paper towels come in handy here.

Use a lower power setting when warming food to prevent it from boiling over. Check the manufacturer manual that comes with the package for power setting recommendations for various foods. 

Add a few drops of lemon to water, and then boil it in the microwave for one to two minutes. It gets rid of odor leaving the microwave with a sweet smell. 

Always use a serviette or kitchen cloth when setting, placing, and taking out greasy food from your microwave, for a grease-free appearance. 


And there you have it, a compilation of the easiest ways keep your microwave clean. Whether it’s new or has been in use for a while, maintenance in key in saving you some cash. We hope the above tips help choose a cleaning routine that meets your needs. 

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