How to Clean Your Microwave: 5 Easy Steps

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If you’ve recently opened the door on your microwave and discovered it’s getting quite dirty, these simple five-step cleaning methods will help you get it looking clean and fresh in no time.

If you use your microwave regularly you should give it a good clean once a week to stop bacteria from building up and bad odors from occurring. On the other hand, if you only use your microwave a few times a month you can probably get away with only cleaning it once a month. Of course, if you spill something in your microwave or notice it’s dirty, it’s best to give it a clean straight away.

Here are four methods to clean your microwave in just five steps.

1. Clean microwave with lemon in 5 steps

First up is the lemon cleaning method – all you need is a lemon and a microwave-safe bowl. The acids in the lemon help to break down grime and bacteria when heated up.

Here’s how to clean your microwave using a lemon:

1.    Get a microwave-safe bowl or container and fill it up halfway with water

2.    Cut a lemon in half and squeeze half the juice of the lemon into the bowl and then place the rest of the lemon into the bowl

3.    Put the bowl into the microwave and turn the microwave on high for five minutes

4.    After five minutes, remove the bowl from the microwave (be careful as it will be hot), as well as the glass plate

5.    Wipe the inside of the microwave with a cloth and then quickly wipe the exterior of the microwave, and the glass plate before putting it back into the microwave

Your microwave should now be nice and clean and ready to use again!

2. Clean a microwave with baking soda in 5 steps

Another great ingredient to clean your microwave with is baking soda. Baking soda is a great natural cleaning ingredient that helps to break down grime and bacteria, as well as remove any nasty odors. This cleaning method is similar to the lemon method and can be carried out with minimal effort.

Here’s how to clean your microwave with baking soda:

1.    Get a microwave-safe bowl or container and fill it halfway up with cold water

2.    Place two tablespoons of baking soda into the bowl

3.    Place the bowl into your microwave and turn it onto the highest setting for 5 minutes

4.    After five minutes, remove the bowl (be careful as it will be hot), and the glass plate

5.    Use a damp cloth to wipe up all the grime inside the microwave. If you find any hard-to-remove food stains, you can sprinkle some additional baking soda onto them and give a quick scrub before wiping it clean. Once the inside of the microwave is sparkling clean, give the exterior of the microwave a quick wipe with a spray cleaner and a cloth. You can then clean the glass plate before putting it back into the microwave.

That’s it! your microwave should now be nice and clean and ready to use again.

3. Clean microwave with vinegar in 5 steps

The next method for cleaning your microwave in 5 steps is to use vinegar mixed with warm water. You can create this mixture by adding 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. If you have a spray bottle, put the mixture into it as it will be much easier to clean the microwave.

Once you’ve created your mixture, here’s what to do:

1.    Open the microwave door and remove the glass plate

2.    Spray the microwave with your vinegar solution and leave it to set in for a couple of minutes

3.    Use a brush to scrub out any tough stains and then a cloth to wipe the microwave out – making sure you remove all excess vinegar cleaning product

4.    Once the interior of the microwave is clean you can give the exterior of the microwave a good clean too (using the same cleaning formula)

5.    Give the glass plate a good clean before putting it back into your microwave

Your microwave should now be nice and clean and ready to use again!

4. Clean your microwave with dish soap in 5 steps

The final method for cleaning your microwave in 5 steps is to use dish soap. The process for this method is the same as the vinegar method and can be done in a few minutes. All you need to do is pour a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle and then fill the rest of the bottle with warm water.

Once you’ve created your mixture, here’s what to do:

1.    Open the microwave door and remove the glass plate

2.    Spray the microwave with your dish soap solution and leave it to set in for a couple of minutes

3.    After a couple of minutes use a cloth to clean the microwave out – if there are any tough stains use a brush to scrub them out

4.    Once the interior of the microwave is clean you can give the exterior of the microwave a good clean too (using the same cleaning formula)

5.    Give the glass plate a good clean before putting it back into your microwave

Regardless of which cleaning method you used, your microwave should now be nice and clean, and ready to use again. Just remember to give it a regular clean to avoid bacteria and odors from developing in the future.

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