June 18

8 Clever Tricks to Clean the Microwave (Because It Smells Gross)


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You would be surprised at all of the nasty things that can grow in your microwave, especially if it’s not cleaned regularly. Plus, cleaning your microwave will save you time and energy in the long run by preventing these nasties from building up! So here are some tips on how to keep your food safe AND get rid of those pesky stains once and for all.

Your microwave is your best friend!

You can cook meals, reheat leftovers, bake cakes, steam veggies, dry herbs and flowers, and you can even toast nuts. If my microwave could clean up the house and massage my feet after work, I’d probably marry it!

Sadly, microwaves get messy really fast, so when you cook something without putting a paper towel over it, food tends to splatter all over. And if you don’t clean it right away, they end up collecting grime and grease which is a pain to remove.

Sure, you can ignore the mess, but it’s only a matter of time before your microwave starts to stink really badly.

Well, here’s some good news! You don’t need to use harsh chemicals or scrub for hours to get your microwave looking spic and span.

Here are 8 clever tricks to make your microwave look almost as clean as the day you bought it.

Microwave a Wet Towel and Then Wipe

Thoroughly wet a small microwave-friendly towel and place it in the microwave for about two minutes. The steam from the wet towel softens the grime and any food that’s stuck to your microwave.

Once the towel cools down enough that you won’t get burned, you can use it to wipe the interior. You’ll quickly find that all that grime from the bacon grease or spaghetti sauce will be so much easier to clean up.

Loosen Food Debris with Warm Water and Dish Soap

Add warm water and lots of dishwashing soap into a microwaveable bowl. Then put the bowl in the microwave and heat it up for about a minute. You should see the interior steam up through the oven’s window.

The steam helps loosen up all the dried-up bits of food. Once the cycle is complete, remove the bowl and use a damp sponge to clean the microwave’s interior. If your microwave reeks, then add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the bowl of water before you heat it up. This will help deodorize the inside, too.

Make Your Microwave Spotless With White Vinegar and Water

Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to a glass bowl filled with 2 cups of water and heat it up for 5 minutes or until the window steams up.

Then remove the bowl and allow the interior to cool off for a couple of minutes before wiping down the ceiling, the sides and the microwave door with a sponge. But don’t forget to wipe down the turntable, too!

Try the Baking Soda, Vinegar and Water Method on Your Microwave Doors

No one’s arguing that your microwave’s interior is a hot mess, but the door could also use a little TLC, too, right? Here’s how you can easily remove grease and microwave goop:

  • Start by cleaning the door’s rubber gasket with a damp sponge or cloth dipped in baking soda.

  • Then move on to the window, which you can clean with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.

  • If you find that your microwave door has layers of caked-up grease, then try an all-purpose cleaner that’s formulated to cut through grease. A mix of grease-cutting dish soap and water will work in a pinch. If you decide to use a cleaner, don’t spray it directly on the door or it might get into the vent holes. Instead try spraying the cleaner on a sponge or a cloth and then use it to wipe down your microwave door.

Two-Step Clean Up Trick to Thoroughly Clean the Interior

Is your microwave looking, well, less than presentable? Then try this two-step hack that will make your microwave’s interior shine bright like a diamond.

  • Start by adding a quart of warm water to a bowl or cup and then mix and mash four tablespoons of baking soda until it dissolves entirely.

  • Then dip a sponge or cloth into the cup and wipe the baking soda and water mixture to the microwave’s interior.

  • Once you’ve completed this step, pour 50/50 white vinegar and water into a bowl and heat it up in the microwave for about 3 minutes until the water boils. But keep the door closed for another 10 minutes so that the steam can loosen up the food bits from the ceiling and walls.

  • Open the door, remove the bowl, and soak the turntable and carousel in hot soapy water while you wipe the baking soda residue from the oven’s interior with the vinegar and water mixture.

Use this Window Cleaner Hack to Remove Trouble Spots

Mix 2 parts window cleaner with 1 part water in a bowl and soak a sponge into the mixture. Then remove the carousel and the turntable so you can clean the interior with the sponge.

Make sure that you get those microwave vents nice and clean, too. If you’re having trouble removing tough spots and stains, soak them in the diluted window cleaner solution for about five minutes and then scrub them out.

Once the interior is cleaned, grab a fresh rag and wipe the interior again so there’s no chemical residue left. 

Get Rid of the Burnt Smell

So, you’ve cleaned the microwave but it still smells like old spaghetti or overcooked popcorn. If that’s the case, then tackle the problem right away by letting your microwave air out.

You can also take it a step further by adding a bowl of baking soda and closing the door so it can absorb the burnt smell.

If that doesn’t work, you can also place odor absorbing gels that release fresh smelling molecules into the air to overpower the bad odor molecules in your microwave.

We’ve shared some of the best tips and tricks for keeping your microwave clean. We hope these quick and easy methods will help you keep your kitchen smelling fresh from now on!


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