Get rid of those unsightly food splatters and smells with this really handy microwave cleaning guide. As you’ll be warming food in the microwave, you’ll want to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean. So, all of our suggested methods use only natural ingredients.
How To Clean Your Microwave
Clean the turntable separately
Before you get started, take out the turntable. This just makes cleaning the rest of the microwave much easier. Leave it soaking in some hot water and washing up liquid and sponge off. Give it a thorough dry with a dish cloth or paper towel and leave it on the side while you work your cleaning magic.
Clean your microwave with lemons
Put about half a cup of water in a bowl, slice a lemon in two, squeeze the zesty juices into the water and put the halves in the bowl. This citrus mixture will not only help to lift those stuck-on food stains, but it will leave the microwave smelling fresher than ever. Place the bowl in the microwave, run on high for about three minutes or until the liquid boils. Leave the bowl inside for five more minutes so the steam can get to work. Open up, wipe down and enjoy your super clean microwave.
Try a different cleaning method using lemons
Using a lemon again, cut it in half, place both halves with the cut-side facing down on a microwave-safe plate and add a tablespoon of water. With this method, you’ll usually only have to microwave for around a minute or two to create steam. Let the steam work its magic with the door closed, then give everything a wipe down.
Clean your microwave with vinegar
This is a similar method to the first lemon example, but using a different natural cleaner, vinegar.
- Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to a bowl half full of water.
- Microwave until the water boils.
- Leave the bowl in the microwave, sit back and watch the steam loosen the dried-on food splatters.
- Give it a quick wipe down and you’re good to start cooking again.
How to clean the outside of your microwave
It's pretty simple to clean the exterior of your microwave. We recommend using a mixture of water and the white vinegar you used earlier. This will help to avoid streaks and leave the appliance looking as good as new. Dab some of the mixture on to a rag and wipe down. It's worth cleaning the back and the cord as they can get dirty too.
How to keep your microwave fresh and clean
To keep the microwave clean, you can do a few simple things each time you use it. Where possible, loosely cover the food you’re warming to avoid food splashes. And after use, leave the microwave door open slightly so it dries out. We recommend giving it a good clean using one of the methods above once or twice a month to keep everything looking, feeling and smelling fresh.