Easy natural ways to clean microwave

The microwave is the most used appliance in our kitchen. We all love it as it is fast and efficient. We can get out food ready in as fast as two minutes. But the problem is we often neglect the cleaning part of the microwave. With regular use, it gets dirty with all those spilled food and grease. Usually, we don’t even realize that until we open its cover to put the next meal. The good part is there are easy and natural ways to clean microwave. With these methods, you will get a shiny clean microwave in no time. They are cheap, easy and most efficient ways to clean and disinfect microwave.
In this post, we will discuss 2 easy and natural to clean microwave and disinfect them. Cleaning microwave is very important because you want your food to be hygienic while cooking. One of the easy natural ways to clean microwave is by using lemon. Lemon is a natural cleaning agent. All you need to do is squeeze some lemon in water. Then put this in microwave safe container inside the microwave. Set timer for 3 minutes in high temperature. Wait for 5 minutes and use a clean cloth to wipe the walls and door. That’s it you will get the clean and hygienic microwave. Read the complete step by step guide below and other hacks for cleaning and disinfecting.

Clean microwave using lemon

Lemon is the natural cleaning agent. Lemon contains citric acid which cleans grease and grime. After using lemon you will get clean and pleasant aroma in the microwave.

For this process, you will require the following

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Water

Steps to clean microwave using lemon

  • Fill the microwave safe bowl with ½ cup of water.
  • Cut the lemon and squeeze it into a bowl. You can also put lemon halves into the bowl.
  • Place bowl with a mixture of lemon and water in the microwave
  • Set the timer for 3 minutes on high temperature. With this water will start to evaporate inside with citric acid.
  • Wait for another 5 minutes so that steam can condense on walls of the microwave. The steam will loosen the grease and dissolve any food spills.
  • Now wipe the walls and door of the microwave with cleaning cloth. Don’t forget to clean the rotating tray off the bottom from both sides.

All this should take you less than 10 minutes and gives you a clean microwave.

Clean microwave using vinegar and baking soda

Combination of vinegar and baking soda can give you powerful cleaning agent. Both of them are cheap and used extensively by many people. Vinegar is a great natural disinfectant, cuts grease and act as a deodorizer.

For this process, you will require the following

  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth
  • Microwave safe bowl

Steps to clean microwave using vinegar and baking soda

  • Add 4 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 quart (which is 0.95 liter) of warm water.
  • Mix the solution vigorously so that baking soda is fully dissolved in water.
  • Dip the cleaning cloth in the solution and use it to clean the interiors of the microwave.
  • Wipe down the entire interior and don’t forget door and turntable tray at the bottom from both sides.
  • Fill the microwave safe bowl with ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water
  • Place the bowl inside and set high temperature for 3 minutes.
  • Wait for another 5 minutes so that steam can condense on walls of the microwave. The steam will loosen the grease and dissolve any food spills.
  • Open and clean by wiping again all the walls and interior.
  • Make sure that no residue of baking soda is left behind in the microwave.

conclusion

Both the mentioned method works great for me. I usually clean with lemon after every two weeks. And clean with baking soda and vinegar once a month. I used my microwave quite often so you can decide how many times you need according to your usage.  Always remember never use any abrasive material like steel wool to clean. This can result in scratches and ruin your microwave appearance. Have you check these 10 things which you should never put in a microwave.

For cleaning the exterior of the microwave, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. Remember to unplug microwave before cleaning outside. Also never spray directly to the exterior, instead of spray on a cloth and then use that cloth to wipe. If you spray directly there is a risk of cleaner going inside the vent holes.

Write down in the comments below your ultimate hack for cleaning the microwave.