How to Clean the Microwave

It doesn’t take too much for the microwave to become a mess. Reheating spaghetti bolognese comes to mind, when it gets too hot and spits up the sides, which then requires a good wipe down. Here are my tips on how to clean the microwave only using water, vinegar, and steam!



  1. Half fill a glass jug, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar.  Place in microwave and turn on for 5 min. (this will loosen all the food)
  2. Remove glass jug
  3. Remove the glass turntable from microwave, clean in a sink filled with warm soapy water and dry.
  4. Remove the rotating element the plate sits on, clean and dry. This will give you easier access to the dirt in the microwave.
  5. Wipe over inside of the microwave
  6. Place element and turntable back into the microwave
  7. Wipe over outside of microwave, polish if stainless steel.


  1. Remove microwave from the shelf.
  2. Wipe shelf to remove all dust.
  3. Wipe the microwave electrical cord, remove all dust particles, and wipe the outside down. Place back on the shelf.


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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 🙂

Katrina May 11, 2011 - 1:15 PM

Great tip Kerrie!

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!


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!!

Julie May 11, 2011 - 10:42 AM

My sister-in-law had her baby a bit 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 ..

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!!

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!

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!!

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.

Kristin Bishop October 6, 2014 - 10:24 AM

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

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

Hi Kristin, there sure is! Here is the link for you:

Lara August 7, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hugo July 7, 2021 - 4:06 PM

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Thanks Hugo.


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