A nice, clean, shiny microwave. Isn’t it pretty? I assure you, that is not what my microwave usually looks like.
I don’t tend to microwave much, but other people in my house give this microwave a workout. And it gets gross. Really gross. And, heck, someone has to clean it before it starts growing weird life forms that become sentient and try to take over the universe… or something. So, here is my tutorial on how to clean your microwave with almost no effort, and without using weird chemical cleaning supplies.
You will need:
A microwave (that probably goes without saying)
1 Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup
1/2 cup white vinegar *
1 cup water
Paper towels or some kind of dish rag you don’t mind using for cleaning
( * You can substitute lemon slices for the vinegar. These work equally as well. I don’t use them because I usually don’t have lemons in the house, but I always have a stash of vinegar.)
Step 1: Look at your microwave and be totally disgusted.
Ok, you probably don’t really need to stare at your microwave and analyze it’s grossness… but usually that’s my first step in deciding it needs to be cleaned. The above photo is how my microwave looked this morning. I opened the microwave door, thought “UGH!”, and decided to start cleaning.
Step 2: Set up your cleaning solution
In your Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup, add 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water. Place container in the center of your microwave. Close the door and microwave for 5 minutes. Once the microwave has finished ‘cooking’ for 5 minutes, leave container in the microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Do not open the door during this time. You want the heat to stay in the microwave.
So, 10 minutes in the microwave total, actively heating for only the first 5 minutes.
Step 3: Remove measuring cup from microwave and wipe out grossness.
Basically, you used steam to loosen all the gunk from your microwave walls. Now, you just have to wipe it all out. It should come off easily. I think wiping all the grossness from my microwave took less than 5 minutes.
After you’ve wiped everything out, use a towel dampened with a little plain water and give the inside a once-over.
If you have any spots that just don’t want to come off, try dipping a corner of your towel in the water/vinegar mixture in the measuring cup and wiping that spot. Usually that’s enough to do the trick. If you’re still left with a lot of gunk in your microwave after wiping it all down, try repeating step 2.
Step 4: Marvel at how easy it was to get your microwave sparkling clean!
Am I right? Super easy – and the universe is safe once again!