Cleaning a microwave with lemon

Cleaning the Interior

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The first thing you need to do is loosen those stubborn stains and grease accumulations inside the microwave. To do this:

  1. Fill your microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and some chopped-up lemon.
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave and turn it on for about three to five minutes (or however long it takes to boil the water). The window of your microwave should become foggy before the job is done.
  3. Once the microwave stops, wait 15 minutes before opening it.
  4. Open the microwave and remove the bowl. The walls should be wet enough to allow you to lift those stains almost effortlessly.
  5. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a cup or bowl and then dip one of your soft cloths in the solution. Use the cloth to then scrub the interior of the microwave. Don’t forget to clean beneath the turntable tray if you have one.
  6. Use a second damp cloth to wipe down the microwave once you’ve successfully removed the stains.

How do you clean a really dirty microwave?

To clean a really dirty microwave, combine vinegar and water, lemon juice and water, or baking soda and water in a heatproof bowl. Then, heat the mixture for three to five minutes. Let it sit a bit before your wipe it out. This way, you avoid scrubbing and your microwave breaks down the tough stains and grease for you.


How to clean glass and microwave controls

‘It’s easy to clean up the everyday smudges, fingerprints, and grease that keep your microwave from looking its best.’ says Nappo. On some microwaves with touch controls, you can turn on the control lock to avoid accidentally activating buttons while you clean.

Step 2: Wipe and dry exterior Use dish soap and water or a dedicated appliance cleaner such as Affresh® Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray from Whirlpool on a soft cloth or sponge. If you have glass controls, you can use a glass cleaner instead. Dry with a soft cloth and turn the control lock off.

Why you shouldn’t use bleach to clean a microwave

Avoid using strong chemicals, such as bleach to clean your microwave. Why? Well, products like this don’t mix well with food – if you don’t rinse the microwave thoroughly after you’ve cleaned it with bleach, your food will taste of it. Another good reason? Some manufacturers advise that the bleach makes any plastic components within the microwave brittle over time.

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How to clean a microwave with vinegar

Vinegar has both antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and works to great effect when using cleaning your microwave of any nasties that may be lurking as a result of old food remnants. Simply follow the tips below:

  • Fill a microwave safe bowl with 2 cups of water and 2tbsps of white vinegar
  • Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you want to leave a nice scent
  • Put the microwave on for 2-3 minutes on a high setting
  • Use oven gloves to remove your bowl
  • Wipe down dislodged grease and dirt with a clean, damp cloth

Step 4: Pour the Lemon Juice Into the Microwave-safe Cup

Pour the lemon juice and pulp into the Microwave-safe cup with one cup of water. I like to keep the pulp in the juice, so I do not strain in this step.

Step 7: Clean the Microwave

After Microwaving the juice, there should be a nice coating of hot juice moisture on the inside of the Microwave. Use your sponge to wipe the inside of the Microwave.  Don’t forget to wipe the door and under the turntable. You can then use the now wet sponge to wipe the outside of the Microwave.

How to Clean a Microwave with a Commercial Cleanser


Various commercial cleaners on the market are geared toward cleaning microwaves and other appliances. Many of these cleaners produce strong and sometimes quite unpleasant fumes, which linger in the microwave and can make your food taste a little off. If you want to try a commercial cleaner, consider purchasing a fume-free product and letting the door stand open for a couple of hours after you finish cleaning. Also, always thoroughly rinse the interior with water after using a commercial cleanser.


Of course, the more often you use the microwave, the more frequently you should clean it. For the average homeowner, cleaning the microwave once every two weeks is an appropriate schedule if you want to keep the appliance looking—and smelling—its delightfully clean best.

Step 1: Wipe the inside

To clean your microwave, first remove the turntable and wash it by hand using dish soap and hot water. Then, using a scrub brush or cloth remove any food debris or other discolouration inside.

‘Start by wiping out any looser food residue with a warm damp cloth and some detergent; washing-up liquid works well,’ says Rosie Clarke, Product Training Manager at Miele GB. ‘Be careful not to use too much water though, as this can damage the appliance.’

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How to Keep Your Microwave Clean

The best and easiest way to prevent having to “deep clean” your microwave is to clean as you go. Wipe up any spills or spatters with a clean sponge, microfiber cloth, or paper towels after each use before they get hard and crusty.


Add a lemon juice or vinegar-and-baking soda cleanse to your regular weekly routine to keep your microwave interior bright and shiny. And while you are wiping things down inside the microwave, take a pass over the exterior surfaces as well, paying particular attention to the touch pad, where greasy fingerprints can build up over time.

Of course, one of the best ways to keep your microwave clean is to prevent food spatters and spills in the first place by using microwave covers over the food that you are heating. These handy kitchen accessories are typically constructed of plastic, silicone, or glass and come in various sizes and shapes to help contain messes.

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That’s it for our guide! Thanks for reading. Do you have a clean microwave yet?


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