A microwave is a quick and convenient way of cooking or reheating food. Having a microwave is a useful addition to any household. However, from time to time this appliance requires cleaning to remove food splatters, as well as dirt and grime. AtKitchen brings you the complete guide on How to clean your microwave oven.
A dirty microwave is not only unhygienic and unpleasant but also decreases the efficiency of your microwave and the last thing you need is for it to overheat, explode or catch fire.
Although the microwave is rectangular in shape, it can still be difficult to reach every corner and crevice making cleaning your microwave be a time-consuming chore.
No need to spend lots of money on expensive cleaning products to clean your microwave. Simple household items will work just as well, some are even 100% natural. Here are a few of best time saving and economical methods to clean your microwave and leave it smelling fresh and sparkling clean inside and out:
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How to clean with Vinegar
1. Fill a microwavable container with water.
2. Add a few drop of vinegar to the water.
3. Microwave the vinegar water for approximately 5 minutes.
4. Using a cloth or paper towel wipe the inside of the microwave, the grime should be easy to remove now.
5. The glass turntable is safe to put into the dishwasher or wash with warm soapy water.
How to clean your machine with Lemon
1. Cut a lemon in half and place the lemon halves cut side down onto a microwavable plate or dish, with a little dash of water.
2. Microwave until the lemon is hot to the touch and the microwave has become steamy.
3. Wipe the inside of the microwave out and any stubborn stains should be easily wiped away.
4. Wash the glass turntable in warm soapy water.
Cleaning with Liquid Soap
1. Fill a microwavable bowl with warm water.
2. Add some washing up liquid or liquid soap into the bowl (only add as much as you think you is required).
3. Place the bowl into the microwave for roughly 1 minute or until it begins to steam.
4. Remove the bowl and with a damp sponge or cloth, wipe the dirt away.
Use Window cleaner as Microwave cleaner
1. Dilute two parts window cleaner with one part warm water in a microwavable dish, ensure that there is enough solution to clean both the inside and outside of the microwave.
2. Make sure the microwave is unplugged before you begin cleaning.
3. Dip a sponge or cloth into the diluted solution and begin to wipe away the dirt, paying close attention the top as this more likely to have food splatters on it.
4. Clean the vents from the inside, an oily residue can lurk in there.
5. If there are any difficult stains, soak with the solution for 5 or so minutes and these should then be easier to remove.
6. Once it is clean, soak a tea towel or cloth in cold water and wipe it out. Ensuring any bubbles or residue from the cleaning solution, have been removed. This is important as you don’t want any harmful chemicals affecting your food, next time you use it.
7. Clean the exterior of the microwave, in exactly the same way.
8. Ensure the microwave is completely dry before use.
Use of Baking Soda to clean your microwave
1. Put some baking soda in a cup.
2. Add water (enough to fill half the cup).
3. Microwave (so will also act as a natural deodoriser).
4. Remove the cup and wipe away the dirt.
It is important to remember that these are some of the safest methods for cleaning your microwave, using harsh chemicals or a scrubbing pad could cause the microwave to catch fire or malfunction. They can also affect the surface of your microwave and you do not want rust developing on your microwave. Not to mention any chemical residues or fumes will make the food taste unpleasant.
If you have a stainless steel microwave, giving the exterior a wipe with some oil on a cloth will bring it up nice and shiny once it’s clean.
Your microwave will benefit from regular cleaning; around once or twice a month should be enough. But if you also remember to always clean up any food splatters after use, this will help avoid any tough stains during the cleaning process. Also if you cover the food loosely before cooking, this will help reduce any food splatters as well.
Important tips to read before cleaning your Microwave:
Let your microwave fully dry before use. It is also important to ensure that no water residue gets into the vents or fan causing internal damage to your microwave and reducing its working life.
When cleaning you must also make sure the microwave is unplugged and no water/cleaning solution gets near the electrics.
If you think you mistakenly spilled some water/cleaning liquid into the fan/electricals, call the respective customer care. Do not try to switch the microwave on in this scenario.
We hope you liked our guide on How to clean your microwave oven. Do try these methods out to keep your microwave oven clean as new. Leave your feedback and suggestions in the comments section below.