Cleaning a Microwave

Some time ago I heard that microwaving your moist dishcloth for 2 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave) will sanitize it. I have begun doing that every evening following dinner dishes, but there is an added bonus. The heat and moisture loosens anything on the walls of your microwave as well and a quick wipe-down with your heated cloth will make it sparkle. My microwave looks totally brand new since doing this faithfully, and it is almost a year old!


By Lee from Southeast WI

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To clean the inside of your microwave of splatters of food without any chemicals, fill a soup bowl half away with water and put in the microwave on high power for five minutes.

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To clean your microwave, take a bowl of water and had a half cup of lemon juice. Place in microwave for 3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes or so to loosen the dirt inside and wipe clean. This makes all the dirt and grime come off a lot easier.

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Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup, then add 1 cup of hot water to that. Place the measuring cup into the microwave for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the cup, use gloves and wipe out your microwave with a wet rag, then dry it. Stuck on stuff will come right off.

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To clean the interior of a microwave, first boil a bowl of water in it for 3-4 minutes. The humidity allows everything to wipe out easily with a regular dishcloth.

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One of the hardest places to keep clean is the microwave since the kids and hubby also "cook" in it. That also means spills that no one "saw" and therefore did not clean up and then cooked again.

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I always have winter gloves that have no mate showing up around the laundry room. I decided to see how well one cleaned the inside of the microwave. The glove allowed me to get the inside of the oven cleaned quicker than with a cleaning cloth.

Use Winter Glove for Cleaning Inside of Microwave - gloved hand in microwave

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June 11, 2013

Put water in a large cup with 2 tsp. of vinegar. Put it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, then let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe out. It's easy to clean and sweet smelling!

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To quickly clean your microwave oven just wet a paper towel and wring it out. Put the wrung out towel in the oven and run for 1 minute.

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December 12, 2005

To clean and freshen the microwave, in a microwave safe bowl mix and 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Heat for 5 minutes on high. This will remove odors and soften baked on food spills.

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September 19, 2012

This is a page about cleaning a burnt microwave. Using too high a power setting or starting to heat your food and walking away, sometimes results in a burn marks in your microwave.

Cleaning a Burnt Microwave

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April 19, 2018

This is a page about cleaning a microwave over a stove. Cleaning your over the stove microwave is a routine task. The interior and even the exterior can be splattered with food and grease. There are many ways to keep your oven clean.

A microwave oven over a stove.

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July 15, 2017

Microwaving a water filled container, to which lemon slices and some baking soda has been added, is an effective way to clean the oven's interior. This is a page about use lemon and baking soda for cleaning your microwave.

Lemon and Baking Soda for Cleaning Microwave - A measuring cup with cut up lemons, water and baking soda.

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