Microwave ovens are awesome—who doesn’t love coming home after a long day and reheating leftovers in a couple of minutes? For many people, this is enough to smile.
However, you might’ve neglected to clean your appliance for quite some time, and you open the door to an ugly sight. So, how do you clean this horror in time for your next meal? Here are three quick methods to clean the microwave, but before we start…
Careful when cleaning your microwave!
Cleaning the microwave can be quick but should never be reckless, so don’t go all in with a spray bottle and drench the appliance. Doing this is particularly bad for the vents and small openings inside the oven. Therefore, opt for a damp cloth (microfiber if possible) instead.
Now, without further ado, it’s time to clean.
The scrub-free method: White vinegar
If the mess is very light and you want to avoid elbow grease, you’re in luck! White vinegar is an excellent odor and grime remover that needs no rinsing. If you want an odorless and stain-free appliance, do the following:
- Pour two cups of water into a microwave-safe bowl and two tablespoons of vinegar.
- Run the microwave on the high setting for five minutes.
- Be careful; it will be hot! Let the steam work for three minutes before you open the door.
- Carefully remove the bowl and the glass turntable.
- Wipe the walls and the inner face of the door with a clean cloth or a soft sponge.
- Don’t forget to wash the turntable in the sink with soapy water before placing it back.
The vinegar-free method: Lemon juice
Vinegar is great, but not everyone agrees with the smell. For a nice, citrus-smelling microwave, try this instead:
- Add one cup of water to a microwave-safe bowl, cut a lemon in half, and squeeze both halves over it.
- Throw the lemon halves in the bowl for the zest to add a citrus smell.
- Put the bowl in the microwave and turn it on high until the oven is full of steam.
- Don’t open it just yet! Wait five minutes to cool down.
- After waiting, remove the bowl and wipe the inside with a sponge or soft cloth.
- Clean the turntable separately in the sink, dry and place it back.
The most potent method: Baking soda
If your microwave saw much action but no cleaning for a while, try loosening the dry gunk. Baking soda is a powerful agent that removes the smell and dissolves splatters. Here’s how to use it on your microwave:
- Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one cup of water.
- Microwave it in a safe bowl for five minutes and let the steam deodorize. That’s half the victory.
- Wait three minutes, and remove the bowl and turntable. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a clean cloth.
- If there’s stubborn gunk, dip a sponge in the baking soda mix and scrub hard.
- Wash, dry, and replace the turntable. All done!
How about using disinfecting wipes on my microwave?
You probably thought about it at some point, especially in cases where it’s just a few fresh stains. However, the issue with certain disinfecting wipes is that some have other chemicals besides alcohol, and their residue might stay in the microwave, ready to stick to your food.
So, we recommend only using wipes on the outside of the microwave.
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