How to Clean the Microwave

In a busy household, the microwave can get messy quickly. Here are my tips for a natural and budget-friendly way to clean the microwave.

Ever opened the microwave after someone has heated up soup? What a mess, right?! Even when you’re careful to cover your food, the microwave can get messy and smelly throughout the day.

Here’s how I clean the microwave using DIY cleaners and also sharing general household cleaning product alternatives. 

how to clean the microwave

Kat’s tip
Alternatively, replace the white vinegar with a lemon cut into quarters.

steps to clean the microwave

Quick clean
 
  • Fill a microwave-safe jug with 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar.
  • Place the jug in the microwave and turn microwave on high for 5 minutes. 
  • Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the steam to loosen any food residue stuck on the walls of the microwave. 
  • Open the door and remove the jug (pour down the kitchen sink to freshen the drains). 
  • Wipe the inside walls and turntable with a sponge. 
  • Wipe along the keypad and front of the door to finish. 

Deep clean

  • Clean the inside of the microwave, following the quick clean steps above.

  • Fill the kitchen sink with warm soapy water.

  • Remove the glass turntable and place it in the sink to soak.

  • Unplug and remove the microwave from the shelf.

  • Wipe the electrical cord with a dry cloth, removing all dust particles.

  • Dip the cloth in water, rinse and wring out. Use the cloth to clean the exterior of the microwave.

  • Use a mini brush to remove any crumbs or build-up in cracks or crevices.

  • Clean the shelf with spray or wipes to remove dust and crumbs. Return the microwave to shelf.

  • Clean the turntable, dry and place it back into the microwave.

how often

  • Weekly – quick clean
  • Monthly – deep clean
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17 comments

Kerrie May 11, 2011 - 8:55 AM

If you add lemon juice instead of vinegar, it has the same effect of loosening the food and attacking the germs, but it also smells really nice 🙂

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Katrina May 11, 2011 - 1:15 PM

Great tip Kerrie!

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Joolz May 11, 2011 - 9:05 AM

I was afforded a small sleep in this morning. I sat up in bed reading and having a coffee, switched on my ipod and hopped on fb. Organised Housewife suggested cleaning the microwave.
I finished my coffee, hopped out of bed and stuck a glass jug of water & vinegar in the microwave. Fifteen minutes later my dear old (nearly 20 years) microwave was sparkling inside and out. Job done, tick! That is inspiration for ya!

Joolz

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Katrina May 11, 2011 - 1:14 PM

Lol, a sleep in, so nice! Wow, 20 years old, you must of be treating it so well to last so long. So glad it is shining for you!!

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Julie May 11, 2011 - 10:42 AM

My sister-in-law had her baby a bit early..so we all went to visit
Little James Paul 6lb 2oz and gorgeous!!
and since they live nearly 2hr drive away I have kind of got my routine a day out – but when I looked at the date this morning i really had to check (I saw the “tuesday” heading and thought my plans for today had been shafted (miss goes to preschool wednesdays) but if anyone is day-challenged like me: Today IS Wednesday ..

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Katrina May 11, 2011 - 1:09 PM

I am so out of wack at the moment Julie, yes it’s Wednesday, not Tuesday, I would so love an extra day this week though!!

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Ange May 12, 2011 - 1:37 PM

I get my sad looking lemons at the end of the week and slice one or two into a Pyrex jug and top with water and pop on for 5 mins. Leave for 5 mins, remove jug, and wipe out. Works a treat!

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Kylie June 27, 2011 - 9:36 PM

Once a week I just put in a glass of water for 2 mins and let stand for a couple of minutes while I finish dishes etc – it also works a treat!!

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Littleangelstoo April 3, 2012 - 11:44 AM

I love your website and all the hints and tips. I cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom yesterday, and the only thing not completed was cleaning the microwave. Before I had a chance to google ‘how to’ I came across this post by accident. Just cleaned the microwave and it is fabulous and easy.
Thanks again.

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Kristin Bishop October 6, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Just wondering is there a printable version of how to clean your microwave?

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 8, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Hi Kristin, there sure is! Here is the link for you: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/?s=clean+microwave

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Lara August 7, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Thankyou you make my life so much easier ????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 7, 2017 - 4:17 PM

You’re very welcome Lara 🙂 I’m so glad this could help you out

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Ann August 8, 2019 - 10:34 PM

When cleaning my microwave I add vanilla essence smells nicer than vinegar. The water alone does the job. Vanilla is for smell

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 13, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Ooo I love the smell of vanilla! Lovely tip Ann. Kat 🙂

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Hugo July 7, 2021 - 4:06 PM

Hello folks , what I would like to know what ingredients to make weed killer please .

Thanks Hugo.

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Carol July 6, 2022 - 10:39 AM

Hello Hugo
If you go on the Gardening Australia website they have recipes for most gardening products
made without using harsh chemicals.

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