Microwaves have got to be one of the best inventions. I recall a picture of me stirring hot cocoa on the stove when I was young; now 1 minute in the microwave, and you’ve got your mug of warmth. The thing about microwaves is they get dirty. Those fabulous bags of buttery microwave popcorn leave a little buttery goodness behind, spaghetti sauce explodes…everywhere. For some reason, I just allow all that splatter to sit in my microwave for weeks, until one day it’s just too gross to handle anymore. I’m not really sure why I wait so long because there is a very simple trick that can get your microwave clean in no time.
What You Need to Clean A Microwave
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- Two Cup Microwave-Safe Glass Measuring Cup
- Cleaning Cloth or Sponge
How to Clean A Microwave
Using a microwave-safe glass measuring cup, fill it with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 1/2 cups water. For good measure, I add a toothpick to the mixture to prevent the water from exploding when I open the microwave.
I remember seeing a news show about water literally exploding when it had been heated too long in the microwave. I don’t want this to happen to you, so I recommend putting a toothpick in the water. I am not a scientist, so I cannot guarantee this works, but apparently by putting a toothpick in the water, it will agitate the water to prevent any explosion from happening. I do it, and the water has never exploded.
Place your measuring cup, with the added vinegar and water, in the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes.
Once the timer beeps, keep the door closed for an additional 5 minutes to allow the steam to really work. Open the microwave and carefully remove the water/vinegar mixture. (This will be extremely hot, so use a oven mitt!)
Remove the turntable if your microwave has one and wash it with dish soap and warm water. Remember, the turntable may also be hot, so use caution. With a damp cloth or sponge, wipe down the inside of your microwave. Everything should come off easily. Return the turntable to its place. For the outside of the microwave, use an All-Purpose Spray and wipe it down with a damp cloth. If your microwave is stainless steel, here is a post about cleaning stainless steel appliance.
That’s it… you’re done cleaning the microwave!
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Karin Viator says
Thanks for the toothpicks tip. Exploding water would be horrific.
Erin Meyer says
I completely agree. No need to have boiling water exploding while cleaning the microwave.