Cleaning a microwave can seem like a daunting task, especially when faced with stubborn grease and food residue. However, with the right techniques and some simple household ingredients, you can make your microwave sparkle in no time. This blog post will guide you through an efficient and effective method to clean your microwave, ensuring a spotless interior and exterior without the need for excessive scrubbing.

Step 1: Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Start by mixing 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. For an added fresh scent and degreasing power, cut a lemon in half, squeeze its juice into the bowl, and drop the halves in. This citrus mix not only smells great but also helps cut through grease and grime.

Step 2: Microwave the Solution

Place the bowl in the microwave and set it to run for at least 5 minutes. This process creates steam that envelops the interior, softening the baked-on food and grease, making it easier to wipe away.

Step 3: Carefully Remove the Bowl

After the microwave stops, carefully remove the hot bowl with oven mitts. You’ll notice the steam has loosened the grime, making it ready for cleaning.

Step 4: Clean the Interior and Turntable

Using a damp microfiber towel, wipe the interior of the microwave. For tougher spots, a scrub sponge and a small amount of dish soap can be used to scrub away residue before wiping down. After thoroughly scrubbing, use a damp microfiber towel to rinse the inside of the microwave and a dry microfiber towel to buff and dry.

Remove the turntable and wash it separately with dish soap and water, ensuring it’s completely clean before placing it back in the microwave.

Step 5: Clean the Outside

Spray a general-purpose cleaner on the exterior, focusing on the keypad and handle, areas that frequently come into contact with dirty hands. Wipe down with a microfiber towel, followed by a dry towel to buff and shine.


By following these simple steps, you can achieve a clean and fresh microwave without the hassle of hard scrubbing or the use of harsh chemicals. Regular maintenance using these methods can keep your microwave in top condition, making it easier to clean in the future. Remember, a clean microwave is not only more efficient but also safer and more pleasant to use.

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