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How to Clean a Microwave

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Restore the shine to the inside of your microwave

How do you clean a microwave? If you’ve left it for a while because life has been busy, moved into rented accommodation where the microwave came with the kitchen, or inherited one from student friends of yours (something this writer has had direct experience of) you may find yourself pondering this very question. Possibly as you stare through cloudy glass into a stain splattered interior, considering the safety of using it to heat your next meal. Never fear, here at Ovenclean we have reviewed different options in a bid to try and find the best way to clean a microwave.

Of course, if you prefer to save time and cut straight to a microwave that has been restored to as good as new, you can always view our microwave cleaning page and request that an Ovenclean technician does the job for you.

How to clean a microwave with lemon or vinegar

A quick look in Google reveals that using food items, such as lemon, vinegar or baking soda, is a really popular method. This simply involves taking a microwaveable bowl, adding a few tablespoons of water and either half a cut lemon, a teaspoon of baking soda or a tablespoon of white vinegar. It can also be done with water only; people appreciate the fact that there is no need to use harsh chemicals.

You simply heat the bowl and its contents for a few minutes (up to five minutes for deeper cleaning) to allow steam and your chosen ingredient to circulate around the interior. The steam settles on and loosens burnt on splodges of food which can then be wiped away with a damp cloth or kitchen roll.

Whilst this is a nice option, it’s more of a maintenance tactic, along with just wiping it after each use whenever possible. If you’ve got a dirtier microwave on your hands you might want to try the steps below too.

Washing up liquid and household cleaners

For baked-on stains, which may seem almost fused to the interior, the trick is to soften them before removing them. You can buy specific kitchen cleaners with degreasing agents in them, but often using a small amount of washing up liquid will do the trick. Simply leave the liquid on the stain for a few minutes before lifting it away. Another route you could try is a small amount of bathroom cream cleaner, or a paste of vinegar and baking soda, which contain small particles that can gently break down the deposits. However, this requires careful rinsing and wiping to remove all traces of cleaner afterwards.

Scrape food spatters away

Never use hard bristled cleaners on glass or interiors due to scratches they can cause. This can weaken the finish of the interior and leave it prone to peeling. Instead, plastic ice scrapers, the kind used on car windscreens, can be a good alternative.

We have seen it recommended that for the type of burnt-on food marks that leave yellow stains behind, nail varnish remover is good for banishing stains. However, we would be wary of using such harsh chemicals where food is prepared so would not recommend this route.

Shine and polish

To give a glowing shine after the heavy lifting of the clean is complete, you can use glass cleaners such as Windowlene to really bring a sparkle. Alternatively you can use rubbing alcohol or a vinegar solution. Only use products like this on the glass for the best results.

Prevent having to clean the microwave as often

They say prevention is better than cure, and when the cure is spending your precious free time cleaning, one has to agree. Cover everything you heat with a loose lid or piece of kitchen roll where possible, to prevent bubbles exploding and leaving marks on the interior. This will have the added benefit of preventing the food from drying out. Wipe down with a damp cloth after every use to catch any splashes before they set.

The professional choice

If you don’t have time to carry out the steps above or – like many people – find that cleaning the microwave and cooker is the worst job in the house, get in touch with Ovenclean today. Our UK network of oven cleaning technicians can use the same, non-caustic cleaning methods as they do with cookers, without the use of harsh chemicals. Bring the sparkle back to your kitchen today.