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How to Clean a Microwave?

In this article, we will tell you how to clean a microwave easily and effectively? In case you have not cleaned your microwave from a long time, then it is very common that you will find a buildup of gunk and dirt in your microwave. And, if such debris has been there for a while, then it becomes almost impossible to remove them. Thankfully, there are a few methods which can help you clean a microwave without much elbow greasing. Two of such methods are mentioned below which you use to clean a microwave. One method includes the use of lemon whereas in other method you will need to steam-clean your microwave with a vinegar-water solution. Follow the steps properly for best results.

How to Clean a Microwave

Methods to Clean a Microwave

1.) Lemon Solution to Clean a Microwave

Things You Need:

  • One lemon
  • Clean, dry dish towel or cleaning rag
  • A small microwave-safe bowl or a measuring cup.

Directions to Clean a Microwave:

  • Pour water in a microwave-safe bowl. Fill about half cup of water into the bowl.
  • Now, take a lemon and squeeze it. Add the lemon juice into the water. Also, drop the lemon halves into the bowl only.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave and microwave it on high power for about 3 minutes so that the liquid comes to a boil.
  • Do not open the microwave door and let the steam gets trapped inside. Leave it for about five minutes. This will help loosen any food gunk present inside.
  • After five minutes, open the door and remove the bowl carefully.
  • In case your microwave has a turntable, simply lift it out and wipe it clean using a clean rag.
  • Then wipe the interior of your microwave thoroughly clean starting with the ceiling and then the sides. End the cleaning with the floor. Get rid of any crumbs inside the microwave. Also, remember to clean the door.
  • In case you find some stubborn stains that you are not able to wipe away, then take a dish towel and soak the corner of it in the lemon-water. Scrub the stained area until the spot disappear completely.

2.) Vinegar Solution to Clean a Microwave

Vinegar solution is also a fine method to get rid of any dirt or debris present in your microwave. This method is simple easy and quite fast to work with.

Things You Need:

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

Directions to Clean a Microwave:

  • For this method, take equal amount of vinegar and water into the bowl. The quantity depends on how long you want to steam your microwave. In our suggestion using a half a cup of each liquid is more than enough. However if you are looking for a deep clean, then you can use one cup each of vinegar and water.
  • Now, take a toothpick or a small wooden object and insert into the vinegar-water solution. This step is a cautionary and not everyone needs to take. However it minimizes the chances of explosions. It is better to be on the safe side.
  • Bubbles will start forming on the toothpick, letting the solution boil without exploding. Bubbles can’t form on a really smooth surface, which may cause it to boil into an explosion.
  • Now, heat the bowl for about five to ten minutes, depending on how dirty your microwave is. After the time is up, let it in for a couple of minutes. This well help steam to build up inside.
  • Afterwards, take out the bowl with the help of oven mitts, as it’s going to be very hot to handle directly.
  • Now, take a sponge and dip it into the hot vinegar-water solution and scrub the interior of your microwave.
  • You will hardly need to use a sponge, as the gunk will come off easily with only a few swipes of a rag or a paper towel.

Follow either of this method regularly to keep you microwave nice and clean.

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