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3 Easy Microwave Cleaning Hacks

by Cathy Carr

 A woman places a bowl of water with a halved lemon floating in it inside a white microwave.

Few appliances get messier faster than your microwave. Spattered soup, spilled sauce, and slopped spaghetti can all be a real challenge to remove from the inner walls of the microwave once they're caked on there. But the good news is you don't have to spend hours scrubbing away to get all those unsavory messes cleaned right up! These three cleaning hacks will get your microwave looking good as new in no time.


1.   Lemon

This method is probably the simplest, and it has the added bonus of making your whole kitchen smell great! Take an average-size lemon and slice it in half, placing both halves flat side down into a small bowl of water. Stick the bowl with the lemons into the microwave and heat on high for one minute, or until you see the microwave door start to steam up. Let the steam sit for a minute before opening the microwave door.

After that, open it up and wipe down the inside with a paper towel. The steam from the water should make all those crusted-on spills easy to wipe up, and the lemon fights bacteria and germs that may have been growing inside. Plus, it makes the whole thing smell citrusy fresh!

2.   Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great, food-safe deodorizer and sanitizer, plus it's gently abrasive, so you can get spills scraped off without damaging the interior of the microwave. Mix two parts baking soda and one part water to make a thick, abrasive paste. Apply your baking soda paste to the worst of the stains, giving the whole inside of your microwave an even coat, then allow it to sit for five minutes. At this point, you can either wipe up the paste and the stains with it, or you can double up using the next method.

A woman's hand reaches out to touch a button on a stainless steel microwave.

3.   Vinegar

This hack is just about as easy as the first one, and you can do it alone or as a follow-up to your baking soda soak. Just fill a bowl with two cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar, and microwave the mixture for one or two minutes. Vinegar has powerful cleansing properties, and combined with steam it loosens up all the gunk caked onto your microwave. Keep the microwave door closed for a few minutes after it’s done running, to really let the steam go to work. Then open it up and wipe it down, making sure to remove any baking soda residue leftover from the previous method.


Now take a deep breath. Notice anything different? That's right, no more burnt popcorn smell, or lingering odors from last week's dinner! In addition to being great cleaners, all of these hacks strip away unpleasant smells from your microwave too. Now you're ready to whip up an easy meal with no mess and no stress about germs or unwanted flavors.

For more hacks like this, plus all the information you never knew you needed about your kitchen appliances, come by our store! Whether you're buying a new microwave or you're just a little buy-curious, our associates are ready to share their expertise with you.