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How to Clean a Microwave

Blog / January 2, 2015

The visible parts of the kitchen usually get cleaned the most often.  After all, we’re more likely to do something about those dirty dishes when they are staring us in the face every time we go to the fridge for a drink.  The inside of the microwave tends to get forgotten, though. Those splatters are out of sight and out of mind.

Neglecting to clean the inside of the microwave will lead to nasty odors and it can actually make the microwave function less efficiently.  Here’s a guide to help you figure out the best way to clean a microwave.

There are several different methods that you can use to clean your microwave, all of which involve using items that you probably already have somewhere in your kitchen.  All of these methods are pretty effective, too, so see which ingredients you have and give one of these methods a try.

The Vinegar Method

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Everyone should have plain, white vinegar in their home.  It’s useful for cleaning, opening drains, and many other household tasks.  It’s also extremely inexpensive.  To clean your microwave with vinegar, put a tablespoon of white vinegar in a glass bowl, and then fill the bowl halfway with water.

Put the bowl in the microwave, and set the cook time to five minutes.  The combination of hot water and vinegar will create a steam that loosens the gunk and food debris on the inside of the microwave.  When the five minutes are up, remove the bowl of water and vinegar, and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a paper towel or damp cloth.  The glass turntable can be removed and run through the dishwasher.

The Lemon Method

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Slice a lemon in half, and place both halves on plate with a tablespoon of water.  The cut sides of the lemon should be facing down against the plate.  Put the plate with the lemons in the microwave, and set the cook time to one minute.

After about a minute, the inside of the lemon should be hot and walls of the microwave should be steamy.  Then, wipe down the inside of the microwave with a cloth or paper towel, and put the turntable through the dishwasher cycle.  You can reuse the lemon to clean the garbage disposal; just toss it in the disposal and flush with water.

The Dish Soap Method

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Fill a glass bowl with water, and add about a tablespoon of dish soap.  Put the bowl in the microwave, and run the microwave for about a minute.  (If the water was cold or the bowl is very full of water, it may take longer for the water to get hot enough to produce steam.)

You can also add some baking soda to the water to help absorb odors from the microwave.  After the inside of the microwave is hot and steamy, remove the bowl and wipe down the walls of the microwave.

The Glass Cleaner Method

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Combine one cup of glass cleaner and one-half cup of warm water in a bowl.  Remove the turntable and wash it in the sink or dishwasher.  Using the glass cleaner solution and a cloth or sponge, wipe down the inside of the microwave thoroughly.

If your microwave is beyond the point of cleaning and needs to be replaced, visit Faulkner’s Appliance.  Faulkner’s Appliance has all of the appliances that you need in the Greater Toronto Area.  We have a huge showroom with lots of models on display so you can check them all out and find the model that is right for you.  Stop by Faulkner’s Appliance today.