May 9, 2022

How to Clean a Microwave

Cleaning a microwave isn’t difficult but it’s definitely a neglected task – out of sight, out of mind. Food splatters and spills happen and if your house is anything like mine, it’s much easier to the close the door than wipe up those drips and spills. If you’re looking to clean your microwave without any chemicals, you’ll love this solution!


Fill a glass bowl or measuring cup with 3-4 cups of hot tap water. Cut a lemon into wedges (I do wedges for the one lemon) and place in the warm water. I like to squeeze the wedges prior to putting them in the water to give the water a little grease-cutting power.

Put the bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils. This typically takes 3-5 minutes.  Keep an eye on it and make sure that it starts boiling before you stop the microwaving process.

Let the steam do its job – don’t open the door for at least 5-10 minutes. The steam will work to dissolve any grease, drips, and grime. Repeat if you don’t see steam on the inside of the microwave like this.

Take out the glass plate or tray in your microwave and wash it in your sink or dishwasher. I love this dish soap for washing dishes AND cleaning.

dish soap

Wipe the interior of the microwave clean. If you need a little extra cleaning power spritz with white vinegar or non-toxic all-purpose cleaner. Use a sponge or a cleaning cloth to wipe clean and rinse and wring as you’re wiping.

foaming scrubbing sponge

Wash and dry the glass plate and return it to the microwave. Stand back and admire your shiny and clean microwave! Repeat monthly or as needed.

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