How to Clean Your Microwave

The microwave is arguably one of the best inventions in the modern world. Beyond reheating meals within seconds, it’s a versatile kitchen appliance that can help you effortlessly bake a cake, steam vegetables, dry herbs, and cook an entire dinner from scratch. It’s also super convenient, practical, and space-saving; seeing it in most households and college dorm rooms is no surprise. If you rely on your microwave for everyday meals, then knowing how to clean it properly should be a priority as part of its maintenance to ensure it lasts and serves you a long time. Read on to learn expert techniques on how to clean your microwave at home.

Steam Clean Your Microwave 

Steam can help melt the hardened sauce and food splatters on the interior walls of your microwave oven. In newer units, there’s a special preset for the steam cleaning function that you can just press, eliminating the need to scrub inside. But if yours doesn’t have one, don’t fret—it’s very easy to do manually. Follow these steps to steam clean your microwave. 

What you’ll need:

  • A microwave-safe bowl
  • One cup water 
  • Lemon or vinegar (optional)
  • A clean microfiber cloth

2. Fill your microwave-safe bowl with water. If you want to remove stinky odors, we recommend mixing equal parts water and vinegar (or lemon juice) to achieve a more refreshing scent. Microwave on high setting for 3-5 minutes, letting the steam loosen caked-on grime.

3. Observe safety first! The bowl will be scorching hot. Let it cool down for a few minutes before carefully removing it.

4. The steam should have worked its magic after a while. Wipe down the microwave interior with your microfiber cloth, paying attention to corners and crevices.

How to Clean Your Microwave’s Turn Table

Your microwave’s turn table usually bears the brunt of the messy spills and food explosions — bursts of curry, eggs, or marinara sauces all over it. Cleaning this integral part of your microwave is quick and easy. Here’s how:

  • If you’re cleaning your microwave after use, wait until it has cooled down completely. According to Whirlpool, washing the glass turntable while it’s hot can cause it to shatter into pieces if you’re not careful.
  • Wash by hand using liquid dish soap and a sponge. Rinse in running water. Some turntables are dishwasher safe. Check the manual first. 
  • Dry the surface with a kitchen towel or clean microfiber cloth. 

How to Clean Your Microwave’s Exterior

  • Unplug your microwave or turn on the control lock feature so you can wipe down surfaces without activating the buttons.
  • Usually, microwave exteriors only get dusty or greasy due to proximity to the stove or other busy areas in the kitchen. This part only needs a good wiping down using either disinfecting wipes if you’re in a hurry or a microfiber cloth dampened with water and vinegar solution or dish soap. Finish off by buffing with a dry and clean microfiber cloth.

Tips to Maintain Your Microwave’s Cleanliness Longer

  • Be proactive about splatters. Before reheating, cover food with a microwave-safe lid, plate, or paper towel.
  • Address spills immediately with a damp cloth to prevent splatter build-up or the spills from hardening on surfaces.
  • Always follow recommended cooking times so meals don’t get overcooked, which causes the messy explosions inside.
  • After cleaning, leave half a lemon in the microwave for 30 minutes to neutralize lingering odors.
  • Aim to clean your microwave thoroughly once a week for optimal hygiene and performance.

How Often Should You Clean Your Microwave?

Like most home cleaning tasks, it depends on how often you use your microwave. Naturally, the more you use it, the faster it will get dirty, and the more frequently you need to clean it. Our expert cleaning professionals recommend wiping fresh spills as soon as possible and deep cleaning your microwave at least once a month.

Microwave Cleaning Safety 

  • Always plug off your microwave before cleaning.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, which can damage the microwave’s interior surface.
  • Avoid cleaning with metal objects you can forget inside because they can spark during microwaving.

Following these expert tips will make your microwave a clean, efficient kitchen hero for years. 

No Time to Clean? Let FreshSpace Clean for You!

At FreshSpace Cleaning, we do our best to offer flexible home cleaning services to accommodate our customer’s individual needs. When you book our professional deep cleaning service, our cleaners won’t only make sure your kitchen and the rest of your home look sparkling clean, but they can also deep clean small kitchen appliances, such as your microwave. Didn’t book a deep clean but want your microwave taken care of? No worries, you can easily request to have it cleaned as an add-on service. 

Book a clean online or call us at (850) 888-8931 to get a free estimate!


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