A clean microwave feels much better to prepare food in than one that is less than sparkling.  Microwave cleaning can be a simple process when you know the tricks.  All those hard to reach crispy corners and gummy food spills are easy to wipe off like a charm, really they do!

Inside

No need for harsh or toxic cleansers where we make our food!  Here is a method to safely have a clean microwave for your piece of mind.

  • Half fill a sink with warm sudsy water using dish soap.
  • Using a plastic scraper (like those used for cleaning a ceramic surfaces stove or even for applying wall putty) remove and larger chunk of splatter that you can, and wipe out.
  • Now, you know that nothing metal should ever go in your microwave, right?   Great!  Then grab a glass or ceramic bowl with a good lip on it (this will help you to prevent burns when removing).
  • Mix together 50% white vinegar and 50% water in the bowl.  Do not fill more than half way.
  • Turn microwave on high for 3-5 minutes or more, depending on your microwave’s power.
  • Remove hot water (carefully!), you can dump it in your warm soapy sink if you like.
  • If you have a removable plate, tray or turntable in your micro wave, take it out and put it in a sink of soapy hot water, or toss on the dishwasher, if you have one.
  • The steam from the mixture should have loosened all the gunk in there to make it easy to wipe out.  Use a clean cloth and rinse often from the warm soapy sink you have going already.  If any stubborn spots remain, spray them directly with a touch of straight vinegar.
  • When clean, put everything back together and you are done the inside.

Outside

While the box of the microwave can be easily cleaned with glass or other kitchen cleaner, the viewing pane and buttons of the microwave can present challenges.  Here are a couple of tips for you to clean your microwave exterior:

  • Unplug microwave while cleaning unless it needs to be on for cleaning, then unplug again.
  • The pane is probably not glass, so use the vinegar mixture in a recycled spray bottle to cut grease and gently clean its surface.
  • Buttons should be cleaned with the same mixture or a magic eraser.  If you have the kind of buttons that stick out from the surface, you may want to try wedging in the magic eraser and following you with a vinegar-soaked cotton swab. You can also use undiluted white vinegar or rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to get into those cervices.
  • The trick here is to be sure you are not using too much liquid. The electronic circuitry behind that panel does not like to be wet.  Use as little liquid as possible, never spry this area.

Now guests, your mother in law and you can be totally impressed by your clean microwave when heating up your dinner or tea!