Cleaning a kitchen can be a daunting task, especially if it has not been well maintained on a daily basis. Since a microwave is a kitchen appliance that gets repeated use, some people forget to stop and give it the attention it needs when it comes to cleaning.
Luckily cleaning a microwave does not have to be all that hard. Most of the time, you will have everything you need to clean your microwave, already sitting in your pantry. Here are our favorite microwave cleaning hacks that will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.
1. Fast Microwave Cleaning Hack With Steam
At the top of our list of microwave cleaning hacks is the classic and proven method of cleaning with good old fashioned water and heat. Most of the cleaning methods and hacks that you will come across with the microwave involve using the power of the microwave itself.
For this hack, all you need to do is find a microwave-safe bowl. Fill the bowl about ¾ of the way with water and set the microwave to run on high for about three to four minutes. The bowl does not have to fit much more than a cup or two of water.
When the microwave stops, you will open the doors and notice that quite a bit of steam was created. This steam helps to loosen up any dirt or grime that may be stuck on the inside of the microwave. You should be able to wipe everything down at this point.
2. Easy Microwave Cleaning Hack With Lemon
The acidic nature of lemon makes it a great cleaner. One of our favorite things about using lemon to clean your microwave is that it is going to smell great when you finish the project.
Cleaning your microwave with lemon is very simple. Find a microwave-safe bowl, fill it about halfway with water. Then take a lemon or two and squeeze the juice into the water. When the juice is out of the lemons, you can place their peels in the water/lemon juice mixture.
Once you have your bowl of lemons and lemon juice all set, you can put it in your microwave on high for three minutes. When all is said and done, you will have to wipe down the microwave with a rag or some paper towels.
3. Clean The Microwave With Vinegar
Another powerful kitchen cleaner is vinegar. Vinegar can be used on its own just to wipe down areas of the microwave, but the best possible way to use vinegar to clean up the inside is to steam it a little just as we did with the lemon.
For this microwave cleaning hack, you are going to want to mix 1/3 cup of water with ½ cup vinegar. Place this in a microwave-safe bowl an microwave on high for about four minutes. This mixture should help to take off any tough to clean dirt or grease from the inside of the microwave.
You should be able to get away with a quick wipe down of the inside once this process is complete. The whole project will take less than five minutes!
4. Clean The Microwave With Dish Soap
Cleaning the microwave with dish soap may seem like a no brainer way to clean. However, we are going to unlock the power of steam yet again with this hack. If you haven’t quite figured out the trend just yet, using steam mixed with a cleaning power is an effective way of taking care of your microwave.
For this option, you will want to add soapy water to a microwave-safe bowl. Put the dishwasher on high for about three to four minutes. Let that soapy water steam up. When the microwave is finished, grab a rag or even a toothbrush and use that same warm soapy water to scrub away the trouble spots. Everything should be loose and effortless to remove at this point.
5. Clean The Microwave With Window Cleaner
All of our cleaning methods have been natural so far. Some people like to keep things all-natural in their homes, and others feel better when a powerful cleaning agent has had its hand in cleaning the microwave. There is no question that cleaning with a window cleaner can do a great job of cleaning things up.
We found that a window cleaner works best when you are working on the front of the microwave the window. Although you can use it when cleaning the inside, it doesn’t do as great of a job on the grime and grease as we had hoped for. However, having a clear view of your food is much easier once the window cleaner has been used.
6. Clean The Microwave With Baking Soda
Baking soda is a cleaner that we love to use around the entire kitchen. It doesn’t matter if you are cleaning the oven, the sink or the microwave, baking soda can make the job much easier. Cleaning the microwave with baking soda is very simple and can be completed in less than five minutes.
First, you are going to have to find that trusty microwave-safe bowl. Put some baking soda in the bottom of the bowl and then fill it about ¾ of the way with water. We also like to add just a drop of dish soap to this solution. Set your microwave on high for four minutes and let the baking soda and water steam up to clean the inside.
We recommend keeping that baking soda and water solution after you open up your microwave. If there are some other difficult spots, dip an old toothbrush in the solution and scrub those areas. Between the combination of the steam clean and then scrubbing with the toothbrush, your microwave should look brand new.
7. Hydrogen peroxide for the Microwave Exterior
The inside of your microwave is where most of the mess is located; however, the outside of the microwave can get quite dirty as well. Think about all those times you have been cooking, and you had something on your hands but still had to open the microwave.
Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant. Using a disinfectant on the surfaces in your kitchen that is being touched by dirty hands is an excellent idea. We took hydrogen peroxide and put it on a damp cleaning cloth. We scrubbed down the inside and the outside door of the microwave and were very happy with the results.
8. Dishwash Your Microwave
The glass plate on the inside of your microwave can be removed. In fact, it should be removed quite often. Whether you see it or not, the glass plate gets quite a bit of food spill on it. If you don’t wipe your plate down every day when it is done being used, you will end up having quite a scrubbing job to do.
If the glass plate in your microwave is grossing you out, one of the best things to do is put it in the dishwasher. The dishwasher does a great job of truly getting the glass plate clean. Always make sure that the plate on yours is microwaveable, but most of them are.
9. The Sponge Method
This is one of our favorite cleaning methods for a microwave. We like options that require the least amount of work and time. For this method, you take a sponge and let it soak in water. When the sponge is full of water, add a drop of dish soap to the sponge.
Now take the sponge and put it in the center of your microwave. Close the door and set your microwave to run on high for three minutes. When this is finished, open your microwave, but don’t touch the sponge just yet.
The sponge will be a little hot, and you have to let it cool for a minute. Once it is cool to touch, use this same sponge to clean down the rest of the microwave. All of the dirt and dried up tomato sauce will come off with ease as the steam loosened it while the microwave was on.
One of the reasons we love the sponge method so much is that you don’t have a bowl you need to clean when you are all finished. Using the sponge in two different ways to get the job done makes this a super simple and convenient way to get your microwave in tip-top shape.
How To Deodorize The Microwave After Cleaning
Some people want to clean their microwave because it is dirty and has dried food on it. Others wish to clean it because it has a not so pleasant smell. The good news is that some of the methods that we already discussed are great for getting the smell out of your microwave.
Perhaps the best way to deodorize the microwave is to use the baking soda and water method. We recommend doing this after you have already cleaned everything. Once the microwave is clean, you can fill that microwave-safe bowl with water and baking soda. Place this in your microwave and set it on high for three minutes.
The baking soda will work to eliminate any of those funky dried up food smells that may still be lingering even though the microwave is now clean. You should not need to wipe anything down at this point because your microwave should be somewhat clean if you want to do a quick wipe with a paper towel you can, but your microwave should be deodorized at this point.
Perhaps the best microwave cleaning hack of all is to clean the microwave continually so that it never gets all that bad inside. The quicker you attend to a spill in the microwave, the easier it will be to remove.
Something that takes a quick wipe of the rag at first can eventually cause you some scrubbing should you let it sit too long. Find a microwave cleaning hack that works for you and try to do it on a regular schedule; this will help to make sure that things stay under control at all times. If you are working on cleaning all areas of your kitchen, take a look at our oven cleaning hacks that will make that project much easier on you as well.