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Three Simple Steps to Clean a Microwave

In technical terms, a microwave is an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength in the range 0.001–0.3 m. Microwaves are used in radar, communications and heating. In household terms, a microwave oven is a modern miracle. Although microwave ovens were first invented in 1946, initial reaction was unfavorable. They did really not catch on until the mid 1970s, when they began to sell at a pace that beat the gas range.

Imagine living in a world where popcorn and pizza had to be heated on a stovetop or inside an oven. Things have certainly changed. Today, 75% percent of American homes feature a microwave oven. And most of them are likely filled with splatters and spills—which are not only unsightly but diminish the effectiveness of the appliance. So what’s the easiest way to clean the microwave oven?

Here are few ideas:


  1. Fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl half full of water.
  2. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar.
  3. Stir.
  4. Place the bowl inside the microwave.
  5. Turn on for 5 minutes. (As with heating food, your oven might require more or less heating. Keep an eye on the inside of your microwave the first time you try this.)
  6. The steam will cover the walls of the microwave and loosen dried-on food.
  7. Remove the glass container.
  8. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a clean rag or damp paper towel.
  9. Remove the glass tray or turntable and wash it like a dish or in the dishwasher as most turntables are dishwasher safe.


  1. Cut a lemon in half.
  2. Place both halves of the sliced fruit (cut-side down) on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of water.
  4. Microwave on high for one minute or until the lemon is hot and the inside of the microwave is steamy.
  5. Wipe out the inside of the microwave with paper towels.
  6. Wash the plate.

Helpful Hint: Once the lemon is hot and mushy, it will make a great natural cleanser for smelly garbage disposals. Cut the halves into smaller pieces and flush through your disposal using plenty of water.

Dish Soap

  1. Fill a microwave safe bowl with warm water.
  2. Add about 1/3 cup of dishwashing liquid.
  3. Place the bowl in the microwave for one minute or until steam appears. (But don’t wait for smoke. Smoke is bad in a microwave.)
  4. Remove the bowl.
  5. Use a damp sponge to wipe the inside of the microwave.
  6. The steam will loosen caked on food so that you will be able to easily wipe out your microwave.

Baking Soda

  1. Baking soda is a great deodorizer for microwave ovens.
  2. After cleaning your microwave using any of the above methods, place a fresh, dry open box in your microwave and leave it there for at least one hour.
  3. But don’t forget to remove it before using your microwave to heat food.

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