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How-To: Clean a Microwave

No matter how tidy you may be, I would bet big dollars that you have encountered a filthy microwave at least once. And you may have even heated up a meal in said microwave, despite the funky food cooked onto the ceiling. There's no reason to put up with this gross-osity; making your microwave so fresh and so clean is a breeze. To learn how to kick the ick,


  1. Put a bowl in the microwave with a 50/50 combo of vinegar and water.
  2. Nuke it for two to three minutes.
  3. Then dip a sponge or rag in the solution and use it to wipe down the walls. Be careful, it will be very hot.

The vinegar will kill off any smells, and the steam will loosen up the food. The gunk will fall right off.

Join The Conversation
fashion-kiki fashion-kiki 9 years
what a great tip! i'll definitely be using this the next time i need to clean the microwave. thanks!
Heart-Holland Heart-Holland 9 years
vinegar is amazing for cleaning.
Advah Advah 9 years
Will def show that to the flatmates! Thanks for the tip!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
AWESOME! I've got to try this. Thanks, Casa!
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
Good tip!
I am trying this tomorrow! Thanks
swt-strwbrry-sgr swt-strwbrry-sgr 9 years
you can also toss in an orange peel to mixture to give it a great smell
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Great tip!
wolverine1 wolverine1 9 years
oh yes, i love the lemon thingy coz it leaves that nice clean scent, lol
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
Great tip! Thanks!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I did this right before I moved, and it worked perfectly--although I used a splash of lemon juice in place of the vinegar.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 9 years
I used to use just water and it worked ok but then I added a little dish soap and voila it all comes off. Easy-off used to make the little bags of individual wipes you throw the bag in they heat up and release steam and then you use the warm towel included to wipe down the micro, my son majorly burned a bag of popcorn so much that it actualy colored the inside of the micro and whenever we used it it smelled of burned popcorn> I use all I could think of and the easy-off thingys were the only thing that not only took away the smell completely but took away some of the burnt color as well. I soo miss them.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I use vingar for everything.
adrilenee adrilenee 9 years
I do the lemon trick, I usually do a freshly sqeezed lemon-- I also try to do it once a week or so, it's easy, quick, and stuff doesn't stick as badly if you do it often..
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Sounds very easy. It's definitely worth a shot.
nancita nancita 9 years
Great tip.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
this is great! i just cleaned out my microwave this weekend and i had read that if you put half a lemon in a bowl with water and run the microwave for two to three minutes it cleans your microwave. so i did that and it smelled like cooking lemons and i ended up using 409 to get the stuff off the sides. I'll try this version next time. thanks casa!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh wow. Awesome. I know you do something similar when cleaning a coffee maker...
moss1080 moss1080 9 years
You don't necessarily have to have a lemon. Lemon juice works too, and I think it leaves the microwave smelling fresh.
laurelm laurelm 9 years
i am definitely trying this
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
So easy!!! Wow! I never thought clenaign one could be this easy!
Lynne Lynne 9 years
A lemon slice or two in a coffee mug with water also works. But I guess this would only work if you have a lemon on hand!
powerd2004 powerd2004 9 years
Wonderful tip!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I just use water and heat it up until it's all almost gone, and it works great.
pinkerton92 pinkerton92 9 years
Ah this is great news. My roommate seems to want to make the microwave as dirty as she can and every time I clean it, she immediately cooks something without covering it. (She's sorry, she forgot...)
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