The Easiest Way to Clean Your Microwave

Emily Co

Did you know you should be cleaning your microwave? Yup, just like the other appliances you use daily, your microwave needs a good cleaning every now and then. If it's been a while, you might notice gunk and hardened food bits make it difficult to simply wipe down with a sponge, which is where this steam-cleaning method comes in handy. Whip up this simple vinegar and water solution and follow the instructions below to get your microwave sparkling clean without much effort.

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To clean your microwave you'll need:

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Toothpick or stir stick
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Sponge

How to clean your microwave:

  1. Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the bowl. Measure based on how long you plan to steam your microwave for. Using half a cup of each liquid is good enough, but if it's in need of a deeper clean, then use one cup vinegar and one cup water.
  2. Insert a toothpick or another small wooden object into the vinegar-water solution. This is a cautionary step that not everyone has to take, but it minimizes the chances of explosions. It's not necessary, but I like to do this just to be on the safe side.

    Bubbles will form on the toothpick or wooden implement, letting it boil without exploding. Bubbles can't form on really smooth surfaces, which causes it to boil into an explosion when the bowl is suddenly moved. Most plates and bowls aren't completely smooth, so you don't usually have to worry about this.

    For this cleaning, I used a wooden stir stick instead of a toothpick since I didn't have any on hand.

  3. Heat the bowl for five to 10 minutes, depending on how dirty the microwave is. When the time is up, leave it in for a minute or two to let it steam it up more.
  4. After letting it sit for a bit, take the bowl out with oven mitts, because it's going to be very hot. Then, take a sponge and dip it into the hot vinegar-water mixture and scrub down your microwave. Most likely you won't need a sponge, and the gunk will come off easily with a few swipes of the rag or paper towel.

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