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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