Microwave Cleaning Hacks

Check Out These Microwave Cleaning Hacks for a Pristine Kitchen

Cleaning the microwave isn't something that anyone really enjoys doing. But it has to be done if you want to keep your microwave working properly and free of odors, bacteria, and stains. Fortunately, these six microwave cleaning hacks can help you get the job done more easily.

Safety First

Before you do anything, unplug the appliance. Take a minute to inspect the cord for damage, which can be a potential fire hazard. If it's intact, then you're good to go.

A Paper Towel Tip

Take a handful of paper towels and wet them in the sink. Then, place the towels in your microwave and let it run on high for five minutes. This will create steam which will loosen up all the caked-on food and grime in your microwave. Once the paper towels cool down, you can use them to easily wipe the unit clean.

The Baking Soda Secret

To remove hardened, stuck-on food or stains from the floor or turntable of your microwave, make a paste using baking soda and water. Then, apply the paste to the area and let it sit. After about 10 minutes come back and easily wipe away the baking soda along with the gunk using a wet sponge or cloth.

A Lemony Stain Lifter

Lemons are fantastic natural cleaning agents. Cut a lemon in half, and place both halves cut-side down on a microwaveable plate. Add a tablespoon of water. Microwave for one to two minutes. You want the inside of the oven to be nice and steamy. The lemon juice is slightly acidic, so the lemony steam will break down stuck-on food particles and make them easy to wipe away with just a plain paper towel. As a bonus, your kitchen will have a fresh lemon scent wafting through it.

Vinegar Victory

When it comes to natural cleaning, vinegar is a true powerhouse, so it's no surprise that vinegar is included in this list of microwave cleaning hacks. For basic cleaning, fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl halfway with water. Then, add one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and microwave it on high for five minutes. This process will steam up the walls of the microwave and loosen and debris, which you can wipe away.

If something more powerful is called for, you can start by wiping down the inside of the microwave with a solution of warm water and baking soda. Then, microwave the water and vinegar on high for five minutes. Keep the microwave door closed for at least 10 minutes after it stops running so all that steam can work its magic. Then, wipe away all the gunk with ease.

The Window Cleaner Solution

For this microwave cleaning hack, you won't need to run your microwave. In a bowl, mix two parts of window cleaner with one part water. Then, soak a sponge in the mixture and wipe down the interior of the microwave. For tougher stains, let the window solution sit on the area for 5 minutes before scrubbing. After it's all clean, wipe down the interior with fresh water to ensure that no window cleaner residue remains.

No matter which of these microwave cleaning hacks you use, be sure to wipe down the exterior of your microwave as well as a final touch. Then, plug the microwave back in, and it's ready to go. The more you use your microwave oven, the more often you'll need to clean it. But with these microwave cleaning hacks, you'll complete the chore more quickly and easily than you thought possible.

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