How To Clean Your Microwave (With Things You Already Have At Home)

If you use your microwave a lot, its insides are in constant proximity to your meals, and sooner or later, it will get dirty. However, choosing a product to clean this appliance can be challenging since nobody likes to have so many chemicals near their food.

Stop worrying! With these methods, you can say goodbye to the harsh chemicals of store-bought cleaners. Here are the five best alternative natural cleaners for your microwave.

The simplest method: Wet paper towel

Do you want to eliminate superficial dirt and crumbs in only a few minutes? Then try the wet paper towel method.

All you need to do is grab a paper towel, wet it, and wipe the microwave. This method may not work well for deeper grime or stains but it removes the most recent spills and fallen bits of food.

The nice-smelling method: Lemon

Lemon juice has some cleaning properties, but its characteristic smell makes it stand out among other products. So, this method is for you if you want to leave your microwave with a pleasant scent on top of cleaning it. 

These are the steps to clean your microwave with lemons:

  • First, cut a lemon in half, squeeze one half into a microwave-safe bowl, fill the bowl with one cup of water, and place the other half of the lemon into the bowl. 
  • Then, microwave the bowl for five minutes and wait for another ten—the citric acid of the lemon and the peel’s oils will create a steam that will loosen up the grease and stains.
  • Lastly, wipe the grime away with a microfiber cloth once the time’s up.

The stain remover method: Vinegar

Are you struggling with stubborn stains? Then, the vinegar method is the option you want to choose. The vinegar’s acidity and the heat are enough to unstick the food stains that have been making a home of your microwave.

To use this method:

  • Start by mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar and two cups of water in a microwave-safe bowl. 
  • Then, heat it for five minutes and leave the microwave door closed for another ten minutes. 
  • The last thing you have to do is wipe the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge after the time’s passed. 

The classic method: Dish soap

You can’t go wrong with a classic like soapy water! You may be thinking that dish soap isn’t edible compared to other products, and while this is true, it is still safe enough—you wouldn’t be washing your dishes with it otherwise.

Follow these steps: 

  • First, fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and a few squirts of dish soap. 
  • Then, place the bowl in the microwave and turn it on for five minutes. 
  • After the time’s passed, carefully remove the bowl and use a sponge dampened with clean water or more soapy water to wipe the inner walls—the heat and humidity of the steam will loosen up the most superficial layer of dirt. 
  • If any grime remains after wiping the surfaces, you can scrub with soap to remove it.

The deodorizer method: Baking soda

If you were warming up something smelly in your microwave, some of that smell could remain on the microwave walls. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, which makes it an excellent option for a smelly appliance!

To use this method, follow these instructions:

  • Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. 
  • Then, heat the bowl for five minutes and let it cool down for another ten. 
  • Once you take it out, the smells should be gone, and the grime should loosen up so you can easily wipe it away with a clean cloth.  

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