Microwaves are a very handy tool for quickly heating up your foods and drinks and defrosting that meat for dinner, but it doesn’t take long for them to accumulate food messes from exploding packages or spilt drinks and as you keep adding more and more containers for heating.  The food debris that is sticking to the sides and ceiling become more and more burnt on until one day your dinner, you heated up smells like last week’s stew and worse. 

It is time for a clean

You don’t want to use your harsh kitchen chemicals in a microwave as this can be dangerous and damage the unit, so there are a few natural cleaners that work wonders in this space and they don’t take long at all.

How to Clean a Microwave With Vinegar

This is the best cleaner out there for anything that involves food.  It is natural and its acidic base cleans away grease and leaves a fresh smell.

Take a small glass bowl (microwavable of course) and put one cup of water in it and add 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Set it in the center and turn on high for a couple of minutes.  Don’t open the door; just let the vinegar steam work on the walls and ceiling of your machine until it cools.

If you can leave it overnight this would be even better to let it get to work.  Open the door take out the bowl and with a clean damp sponge wipe the inside of your appliance.  Take out the plate if possible and wash by hand and clean anything that had migrated underneath it.

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If you don’t want to use an open bowl there are these cute little containers that you fill with vinegar and water and the head steams in all directions to clean the walls.  I thought this was a really cute idea.  This way the danger of spilling a bowl of hot water and vinegar is minimized.

You should do this once a month as part of your regular cleaning regime as it doesn’t take long for food odors to form in there.

How to Clean a Microwave with Lemons

If you don’t have any white vinegar, but still want the natural route, you can slice up a lemon and place in a bowl and add a cup of water.  Lemon is acidic enough to clean shower glass doors, so the lemon steam will help to lift off burnt on foods.

Once again let it sit in there for as long as possible so that the steam can get to work.  You may need to repeat this if there is a lot of exploded or burnt on foods.  Using lids slightly open or a plate over your foods can prevent the explosions in the first place.  This is especially true when reheating plates of food.  You can get plat covers designed for the microwave.

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Commercial Microwave Cleaner

If the vinegar or the lemon solutions do not work for you, then before you trash your appliance, you can try this specialized commercial cleaner that is designed for the inside to help get rid of the worst burnt on foods.

Appliances are expensive, so try these tips to clean your microwave and stop your food smelling like last week’s popcorn or stew!