How to clean a microwave

How to Clean a Microwave

Why Clean a Microwave?

Microwaves can get really dirty and without doing a thorough cleaning job on a regular basis, you may end up with a grim looking appliance that will look worse than you could imagine. Microwaves are known for being a germ-ridden kitchen appliance and can be filled with bacteria, germs, and more. It is not uncommon for food to be heated in a microwave and overflow or for liquids to splatter, creating a mess within the oven cavity that's challenging to clean up.

Required Tools

To effectively clean you microwave, the following tools are required:

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How to Clean Inside of Microwave

To clean the inside of your microwave, all you need to do is follow the 5 simple steps below:

  1. Prepare a microwaveable jug or bowl and combine precisely two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with a generous cup of water. This carefully measured solution will serve as a potent cleaning agent.
  2. Place the container with the bicarbonate of soda solution inside the microwave and activate it on high power for a duration of three minutes. Following this, allow an additional three minutes with the microwave door closed to enable the steam to permeate the interior. The steam generated will effortlessly loosen and eradicate stubborn, burnt-on food residue, effectively eliminating any unpleasant odours.
  3. Prioritise safety by turning off and unplugging the microwave from the mains. With caution, open the microwave door and, utilizing a protective glove or oven mitt, carefully extract the container holding the bicarbonate of soda solution. It is crucial to handle this container with care as the water within will be hot. Additionally, remove the turntable and any other components present within the microwave to facilitate a thorough cleaning process.
  4. Equip yourself with a reliable sponge scourer and embark on a meticulous cleaning journey. Methodically wipe down the interior surfaces of the microwave, initiating from the uppermost portion, gradually descending to the sides, attentively addressing the door, and concluding with the floor. For tenacious remnants of burnt-on food, employ the scourer's abrasive side, exerting a moderate amount of force. Once the cleaning endeavor is accomplished, ensure the interior of the microwave is completely dry by gently buffing it with a clean, dry cloth..
  5. Given the proclivity of the turntable to accumulate greasy deposits, stubbornly adhered food particles, and unsightly grime, it necessitates special attention. Dilute a generous quantity of washing up liquid in a bowl of hot water, forming a formidable cleaning solution. Immerse the turntable in this solution and diligently scrub away any remnants of impurities. After successfully restoring the turntable's pristine state, allow it to air dry naturally or expedite the process using a soft tea towel. Finally, meticulously return the turntable and all accompanying components to their designated positions within the microwave, signifying the completion of the cleaning procedure.

How to Clean a Microwave Exterior

Despite the inside of the microwave being the place that needs cleaning the most, you shouldn't ignore the exterior. Although it's free from burnt-on food, it will still require a wiping over and finger prints are likely on the front window.

The front, sides and top can simply be wiped over with a microfibre cloth and a kitchen cleaner of your choice. Following this, mist the window of the microwave with glass cleaner and buff to a shine that is free from finger prints and any other greasy marks.

How to Clean a Microwave With Lemon

To clean a microwave with lemon, start by cutting a fresh lemon in half and squeezing its juice into a microwave-safe bowl. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl as well. Fill the bowl with water, ensuring it's about halfway full. Place the bowl in the microwave and set it to run on high power for about three minutes, or until the liquid comes to a boil. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for an additional five minutes to allow the steam to loosen any stuck-on grime. Carefully remove the bowl (using oven gloves) and wipe the interior of the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge. The steam generated by the lemon-infused water will have loosened the dirt, making it easier to remove. Finish by drying the interior with a clean cloth. Your microwave should now be fresh and clean, with a pleasant lemon scent.

Remember to exercise caution when removing the hot bowl from the microwave, and always use appropriate safety measures to avoid burns or accidents.

How to Clean a Microwave With Vinegar

To clean a microwave with vinegar, start by combining equal parts white vinegar and water in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. Place the mixture in the microwave and heat it on high power for about two to three minutes, or until the liquid comes to a boil. Leave the microwave door closed for an additional five minutes to allow the steam to circulate and loosen any built-up grime. Carefully remove the bowl (using oven gloves) and wipe down the interior of the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge. The vinegar's acidity helps break down grease and food residue, making it easier to clean. Pay extra attention to any stubborn spots and scrub gently if needed. Finally, dry the interior with a clean cloth. Your microwave should now be clean and fresh, thanks to the natural cleaning properties of vinegar.


Now you know how to clean your microwave quickly and effectively, what are you waiting for? Don't hesitate, go and get that microwave clean straight away!

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