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How to clean your microwave the easy way

in Cleaning - Lisa Van Groningen - 3 min read
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Wondering how to clean your microwave easily without hassle? Maybe your microwave has stuck on food or a lingering smell.

If you microwave is a splattered mess. I am going to share how to clean your microwave effortlessly and in under 15 mins.

What is the easiest way to clean a microwave?

If you have harden food stuck on the inside of your microwave walls and have tried to wipe it out with no success. Today you will learn about the steam method.

The easy steam method allows hot water and steam to do the hard work for you so all you have to do is wipe it away when done.

2 Simple Ways to steam clean your microwave

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Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Materials

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Water
  • Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water
  2. Add a 1/4 cup of vinegar to the bowl
  3. Place the bowl inside the microwave and set the cooking time to 5 mins
  4. Let the bowl and steam sit for 2-3 mins to work and loosen all stuck-on food
  5. Remove the bowl with hot pads
  6. Wipe your microwave clean with a cloth
  7. Be sure to remove the turntable to wipe it down
  8. Clean under were the turntable sits as well as door


Second Method on how to clean your microwave


There is a cleaning tool called Angry Mama. Using the same method as cleaning with steam. You fill up this gadget with water and vinegar and the holes designed at the top will release the steam.

It's a more fun way to get the job done and no need to worry about finding a microwave-safe bowl or spilling of water.

Why do I need vinegar to clean my microwave?

Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners out there. In face in my household it is a cleaner I use the most.

It’s natural acidic nature makes it a disinfectant, hard to clean cleaner. When you heat up vinegar it’s bacterial cleaning power enhances. This makes it a great killer of  food-borne pathogens. You don’t want any of the yuck in your home or food.

It is safer to use because it is not a chemical-based cleaner as you can cook and it with it.

How do I clean my microwave without vinegar?

If you are a person who just can’t stand the smell of vinegar. There is another natural way to deep your microwave.

This method is by using lemons.

How to clean your microwave using lemons

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Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Materials

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • 1 Cut up lemon

Instructions

  1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water
  2. Cut up 1 lemon in half
  3. Squeeze a bit of the lemon juice into the bowl
  4. Place the lemon halves into the bowl
  5. Set your cooking time to 3-5 mins to allow water to boil
  6. Let it sit and steam for 2-3 mins after the microwave stops
  7. Wipe your microwave clean with a cloth

Can you clean the inside of a microwave with Clorox wipes or commercial cleaners?

When it comes to cleaning your microwave I would suggest not to clean it with a chemically based cleaner. You see when using a chemically based cleaner it can remain inside the microwave.

Leaving residue, smell and toxic makeup inside. This potentially can then get inside the food you are cooking or warming up.

It might even cause a after smell that lingers forcing you to have to leave the microwave door open to remove it.

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How do you make your microwave smell good?

The benefits of using the second method of cleaning your microwave with a lemon is that it is also a natural deodorizer.

The lemon scent will get rid of all those nasty food smells.

Have you ever burnt a bag of popcorn? You know that smell can last forever and making it less appealing to use the microwave because all your food will smell like it.

That’s were deodorizing the microwave with a lemon comes in.

If you don’t have a lemon you can also place a few drops of lemon essential oil inside as well.

Keeping the methods the same as above you need to do the steaming process for it to work and deodorize the microwave.

How often should I clean the microwave?

If you nuke things multiple times a week. You should consider cleaning it weekly. You want to avoid anything getting on your food.

It’s easy to make it a part of your weekly cleaning routine.

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