How to Clean Your Microwave Oven Fast

Cleaning your microwave oven has never been so easy. Take a look at our top tips!
How to Clean Your Microwave Oven Fast

Last update: 12 November, 2019

The microwave oven is one of the domestic appliances that needs cleaning most frequently. This is because we often use it multiple times a day, and not always as carefully as we should…

In this article, we’re going to show you how to clean your microwave properly. As you’ll soon see, cleaning your appliances doesn’t have to be a long or tedious task.

With our top tips, you’ll be able to clean your microwave fast. We’ll also tell you about some of the different cleaning products you can usethey’re super low-cost, and you probably already have them at home. So, let’s get to it! Here is our simple step-by-step guide to cleaning your microwave oven.

1. Cleaning your microwave oven – prepare your cleaning products

Cleaning products.

To clean your microwave oven, you’re only going to need 3 things: water, cleaning vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. You’ll also need a glass or plastic microwave-safe bowl and a cloth.

Though it might seem strange, these simple, low-cost items will help your microwave look good as new in no time.

2. Grease removal treatment

It’s common for the inside of the microwave to become stained with grease over time. Try not to let it build up too much, as it will make it far more difficult to clean.

To remove any grease, start by adding half a cup of vinegar to 1/4 of a gallon of water. Then add 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 5 minutes. Once heated, remove the bowl from the microwave. You should find that the grease is now softer, and much easier to remove.

3. Cleaning your microwave oven – eliminating grease

Once you’ve softened the grease, it’s time to remove it from your microwave. To do this, wet your cloth with lukewarm water. Next, simply wipe the grease stains with the cloth to remove them. Wipe down all the sides and corners of your microwave, and take out the plate to ensure you’ve removed every last inch of grease.

4. Cleaning the surfaces

Clean the plate.

Your microwave is almost clean. All that’s left to do now is wipe down all the surfaces. Pour a small amount of vinegar onto a cloth. If the smell is too strong, you can dilute the vinegar with water.

Then, scrub the microwave inside and out until it’s spotless. Leave the door open for half an hour to allow it to dry properly, and to eliminate the smell of vinegar. And there you have it. With these 4 simple steps, your microwave oven will look good as new.

Don’t like vinegar? We have the solution!

Many people hate cleaning their home with vinegar. While it is a very effective cleaning product, we have to admit it does have a rather intense, acidic smell, which can be unpleasant.

One great alternative to vinegar is lemon. Cut a lemon in half and place one piece in a bowl of water. Follow the steps described earlier, substituting the vinegar with lemon. As long as the grease isn’t too tough, the results will be the same.

Lemon is great for cleaning your microwave oven.

Top tips for a clean microwave oven

As you’ve probably already noticed, constantly having to clean your microwave can be a little tedious. So that you don’t have to clean it quite so often, we’ve put together a few hints and tips to help you keep it cleaner for longer.

It never hurts to be a little more careful with our kitchen appliances. With a few simple changes to your usual routine, you can help your microwave stay clean week after week.

Protective cover

Covering your food before you heat it will help it cook more quickly, and prevent splashes of sauce or soup from staining your microwave.

Clean any stains before they dry

It’s normal for food to splash or boil over if we heat it for too long. No matter how careful we are, sometimes our food ends up staining the inside of the microwave.

We recommend cleaning any stains before they have a chance to dry. All you need is a damp cloth, and your microwave will be good as new.

Cleaning your microwave oven is a necessary – if slightly tedious – task. But with our tips, you can get great results in no time. Use whichever method you prefer, and your microwave will soon be sparkling clean.

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