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How to Clean Microwaves: 5 Easy No-Scrub Methods

wiping out a clean microwave with a damp ragThe microwave may arguably be the most used small appliance in your kitchen, and it can get quite dirty (and smelly). Learn how to clean microwaves with these 5 super easy methods! Cleaning the microwave… Does anyone ever want to do it? It always seems like by the time it gets cleaned, the job requiresread more...

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wiping out a clean microwave with a damp ragThe microwave may arguably be the most used small appliance in your kitchen, and it can get quite dirty (and smelly). Learn how to clean microwaves with these 5 super easy methods! Cleaning the microwave… Does anyone ever want to do it? It always seems like by the time it gets cleaned, the job requiresread more...

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The microwave may arguably be the most used small appliance in your kitchen, and it can get quite dirty (and smelly). Learn how to clean microwaves with these 5 super easy methods!

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Cleaning the microwave… Does anyone ever want to do it? It always seems like by the time it gets cleaned, the job requires a lot of time and elbow grease.

While microwave cleaning may not be the job at the top of anyone’s wishlist, the chore is essential for maintaining the unit as well as making sure that food tastes as you expect it to.

Use these microwave cleaning hacks to thoroughly clean your unit with less work and time!

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How To Clean Microwaves: 5 Hacks You Need To Save Time And Work

In most kitchens, the microwave gets used – a lot – and it can show. Whether you’re trying to get rid of the evidence of that bowl of exploding chili or get rid of the smell of the pulled pork you heated up last night, these hacks will do the hard work for you.

If you have been reading One Crazy House for a while, you probably know that I prefer to not use harsh chemicals any more than necessary.

As a bonus, not only are these tips and tricks super effective, but they use all-natural products.

Related Post: How to Clean Your Oven Like a Pro

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1. Microwave Cleaning With Lemons

This is a very simple method that is also very powerful at loosening up stuck gunk and getting rid of odors.

Steam works wonders for loosening old, cooked on food while the lemon/lemon juice does the job of disinfecting and eliminating odors.

To use this very reliable method: 

  1. Take a microwave-safe bowl (glass is preferable) and fill it with 3 cups of water. 
  2. Cut up a lemon (into quarters, halves, or slices – it doesn’t really matter) and add it to the water.
  3. Heat on high for 3-5 minutes or until the water starts to boil. 
  4. Keep the bowl in the microwave for 5-10 minutes, letting the steam work its magic.
  5. Once time is up, open the microwave door. If the inside of the microwave isn’t steamy, cook the bowl for another 1-2 minutes. And repeat the process of letting it sit to steam.
  6. Wipe down the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge. Remove the turntable and wipe it down as well. You shouldn’t need to scrub anything.

Caution: The bowl may be hot when you pull it out.

2. Microwave Cleaning Hack With Vinegar

This is another hack that will utilize the power of steam. The method is very similar to the lemon method:

  1. Take a microwave-safe bowl (glass is preferable) and fill it with 2 cups of water. 
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and place the bowl in the microwave.
  3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 
  4. Keep the bowl in the microwave for 15 minutes, letting the steam and vinegar work their magic.
  5. Remove the bowl carefully – it could be hot!
  6. Remove the turntable and wipe it down.
  7. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge.
  8. Put the turntable back in place.

Note: The vinegar smell will be strong, but it lasts a very short time. You could add a drop or two or your favorite essential oil (I recommend lemon or orange).

Related Post: 45 Ways to Make Vinegar Work for You

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3. How To Clean Microwaves With The Dish Soap Method

You could get in your microwave with this method and really apply some elbow grease. But, I strive to be as efficient and effective as possible, with as little work as necessary.

Cleaning your microwave with the dish soap method is a similar way to the lemon and vinegar methods.

  1. Take a microwave-safe bowl (glass is preferable) and fill it with 2 cups of water. 
  2. Add some dishwashing soap (a teaspoon or two) and place the bowl in the microwave.
  3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 
  4. Keep the bowl in the microwave for 15 minutes, letting the steam and soap work their magic.
  5. Remove the bowl carefully – it could be hot!
  6. Remove the turntable and wipe it down.
  7. Wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge.
  8. Put the turntable back in place.

Note: If you want to add a deodorizing component, add a little baking soda to your bowl before microwaving it.

Related Post: 17 Incredible Uses for Dawn Dish Soap

4. Easily Clean Your Microwave With The Wet Towel Method

This is likely the very easiest way to get that microwave nice and clean!

  1. Get a small towel (that doesn’t have any metal on it) and thoroughly wet it down.
  2. Put the saturated towel on the turntable and heat on high for up to 5 minutes.
  3. Let the hot, steamy towel sit in the microwave for 15 minutes to loosen up the cooked-on food and grime.
  4. Let the towels cool down and then use them to wipe down the microwave.
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5. How To Clean Microwaves With The Baking Soda Method

This method requires slightly more elbow grease but is also highly effective. And, it’s very affordable with two readily available, non-toxic, and cheap items.

  1. Make a paste with 2 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
  2. Dab a little on the spill or caked-on grime and let sit for 15 minutes to loosen it up.
  3. Then, take a damp rag or sponge and wipe everything down.

There you go! Now, there’s no more wondering how to clean microwaves in less time with these 5 easy peasy microwave cleaning recipes that will get your unit clean in no time and with extremely little elbow grease. 

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  • 20 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Cook in the Microwave

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