Apart from the appearance, lack of cleaning tends to decrease the efficiency of your microwave because of all the splutters on the walls and the little vents on the top.
Cleaning a microwave, however, is not a herculean task. It does not even take too long. You just have to follow some simple steps.
How to Clean Your Microwave
Step for Cleaning
- Take a microwave-safe bowl. Fill it with half a cup of water and mix a tablespoon of white vinegar in it. As you are going to need a large bowl, you may use a 2-cup measuring bowl to avoid spilling of the liquid.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it on full power for about five minutes. Turn off the microwave and leave the bowl inside for 10-15 minutes.
The steam shall help loosen the dirt and food particle baked into the walls. Furthermore, the vinegar shall absorb the smells, even the smell of burnt food. Do not let it steam for too long though as it may not be safe.
- Next, carefully remove the hot bowl.
- Clean the inside of the microwave with a damp paper towel or a piece of soft cloth (preferably microfiber cloth). Wipe the sides and the top to remove gunk. Plus, do not forget to clean the inside of the door.
- To clean the glass plate, remove it from the turntable and wash it in the sink with hot soapy water and sponge. Wash the turntable support/rolling ring, too.
- Finally, moisten a clean rag or cloth and wipe down the exterior of your microwave to keep it gleaming.
How to Get Rid of Stubborn Stains and Smells
- Remove greasy food buildup with the help of a scrub brush. Do not use abrasive cleaners, though. Besides, you may use a combination of one part water and two parts vinegar.
- To remove scorched food and yellow stains, you may wipe the area with a cotton ball soaked in an acetone nail polish remover. Finally, wipe off the nail polish remover too with soap and water.
- For increasing the shine of your microwave, you may spray rubbing alcohol on it and wipe with a dry cloth.
- If you are bothered by the lingering smell of food (especially burnt popcorn!) in the microwave, consider leaving an open box of baking soda in it overnight. Coffee is also believed to absorb odors. Thus, you may place in the microwave, a small plate or bowl filled with used coffee grounds. Alternatively, add two tablespoons of coffee grounds in half a cup of water and heat it in the microwave for about three minutes.
- Another easy way to remove burned food and smell from a microwave is to put some vinegar and baking soda on a sponge, heat it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, and clean the microwave with it.
- Wipe your microwave oven after every use. Make sure you dry the inside of the microwave with a dry cloth or paper towel before closing the door.
- Deal with spills and stains immediately.
- To remove foul odors from the microwave, heat a mixture of one cup of water and a quarter cup of lemon juice in the microwave for about two to three minutes. Then, turn off the microwave and let it sit for about half an hour. It shall remove the odors and leave your microwave smelling fresh. Alternatively, you can simply cut a lemon in two halves, place it on a microwave safe plate along with a tablespoon of water.
- Try to keep your food covered while cooking; less splutters would require lesser cleaning. Fewer splutters and gunk on the fiberboard coverings on the walls shall also help increase your microwave’s longevity.
- After cooking in the microwave, leave the door open for a little while to let the odors out.
- It is suggested to clean your microwave at least one or two times in a month.
- Though not common still, there is a possibility that liquids can get too heated in microwave and even explode. This can happen when using a perfectly smooth container as the smooth surface does not allow the formation of bubbles, thereby trapping immense heat in the liquid. However, you can rest assured that most cups and bowls are not completely smooth. If you are still worried, consider putting a wooden spoon, a non-metal stir stick or even a toothpick in the bowl while placing it in the microwave to avoid superheating. You can read about superheating and microwave ovens in detail, here.