5 Easy Steps to Clean your Microwave Safely {Cleaning Tips}

Clean microwave

What you need:

* 1/2 cup of White Vinegar
* 1/2 cup of Water
* 1/4 cup of Lemon Juice
* Cleaning Cloth

1.  Fill a small microwave-safe bowl with the mixture of the water, vinegar and lemon juice.

2.  Set the bowl in the oven and turn it on high for 5 minutes.

3.  Wait a few minutes before opening the oven. (The boiling mixture will help remove smells from inside all of the vents and it will loosen baked-on food and dirt particles on the oven walls).

4. Carefully remove the bowl from the oven.

5. Wipe down the oven walls with the cleaning cloth to remove all the dirt. Rinse the cleaning cloth and repeat until clean.

All done!


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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

88 responses to “5 Easy Steps to Clean your Microwave Safely {Cleaning Tips}”

  1. Thanks for posting. It is time to get ours clean, it is gross right now ewww

  2. Great tips! I never would have thought of that, hate cleaning the microwave.

  3. Great tips. I need to clean my microwave now.

  4. I was just thinking the other day that I need to clean the microwave and was putting the task off. This is a great and easy tip….thank you!

  5. I love this! So easy and such a neat idea to get my microwave cleaned naturally!

  6. April 23-Thank you for this cleaning tip. I have known that vinegar is good for cleaning things but the inside of a microwave can be covered with ‘crud.’ and hard to clean. I learn something new almost every day from these blogs. For this and other tips I am very grateful. Thank you.el03ro

  7. Ahhhhh….lemon juice and vinegar, such amazing natural products to clean with!

  8. Great tip! Thanks!
    (So over due to clean mine!)

  9. Great tips, I need to do this!

  10. Great tips! I really need to clean my microwave…especially since some spaghetti sauce exploded in there last night LOL.

  11. Good tips. Easy to do with natural products.
    Thanks + Cheers.

  12. Thanks for sharing this as I really hate cleaning my microwave but it’s overdue…all natural products so I love that.

  13. Super tip…I must try this!

  14. love to try it with no chemicals

  15. I use the water/lemon method for cleaning it myself!

  16. Perfect timing for me to find this post…I left my husband alone with the microwave, and it wasn’t pretty 🙂 Cleaning the microwave is one of my least favorite jobs to do, so this should help. Thank you!

  17. Thanks so much for the info! Cleaning the microwave is one of my least favorite tasks…perhaps because I am not the one that messes it but somehow end up being the only one that notices when it is in need of a cleaning…geesh I sound rather bitter, don’t I? I have 2 splatter covers that are always available but somehow it is not enough. I have never thought about heating up the ‘cleaner’ and using it as a help for any odors as well as stuck on food. If it saves me from scrubbing for a half hour, I am a happy woman. Thanks!

  18. This is great to know!!! Thanks!

  19. Thank you for this post, our microwave is a mess most days. It seems as soon as it’s cleaned someone messes it up again with letting something over heating and spilling. We do try to clean with all natural products in our home and I will give this one a shot.

  20. Great tips! 🙂

  21. Who would have thought it can be so easy!! I will defo try this at home. 🙂

  22. i’ve always just used a glass of plain water to help “loosen” things, but this takes it to the next level! i love it!

  23. I’ll definitely follow those tips.

  24. Thank you will pass it on too

  25. Thank you for the tips and easy cleaner recipe. I’m always unsure of what to use to clean my microwave, which I do regularly. I worry about the effect of microwaves on standard household cleaners and the potential of tainting food.

  26. Our microwave is always a mess. To know that I can clean it in 5 steps and they seem pretty easy is a relief. Love it!

  27. I will try this

  28. Oh wow that sounds great. I never thought of trying to get rid of smell, though I don’t think ours smells at all, we rarely use it. I’m sure I’ll try this should we ever need it though.

  29. Thank you for posting this, my microwave will gets splattered sometimes, and Ive been using green works to clean it :S . the vinegar and water solution seems a lot more food safe.

  30. Yes, my microwave needs a good cleaning now too! Thanks…This will be tried!!!

  31. Great tip! I’ll have to do this when I get home so the inside of my microwave will look just as good as the outside.

  32. like this tip. Our oven needs a good cleaning and will try it out

  33. I ended up having to use this after my dear husband microwaved left over pasta un-covered :-/ he left it dirty overnight too, so I had a nice mess to clean up the next day after he left for work. It was amazing!!! and so easy to wipe down 🙂

  34. Thanks for the tip. I always just used lemon juice I didnt know about the vinegar 🙂

  35. I’ve cleaned my microwave like this using vinegar and water, but I’ve never added lemon juice. I’ll try it next time! Thanks for the tip!

  36. Great tip! And my microwave always is in need of a good cleaning!

  37. this is how i clean mine!!

  38. thanks for the great cleaning tips

  39. That’s a great tip! I hate dirty microwaves.

  40. This is such a great, natural way to clean!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  41. thanks I hate a dirty microwave

  42. Great Tip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  43. Thanks for the tips! I tend to use a bottle of 50/50 bleach water to clean mine out…

  44. Thanks for the odor-busting cleaning tip! Sucks when your microwave harbors smells from whatever was in there last — or last week! 🙂

  45. Hello, OSM. So cheap and so easy to do. Who knew. Great tip. This will really come in handy. Like that it gets rid of odours, too. Thank you for sharing this tip, One Smiley Monkey.

  46. I never thought of this before!! i always used to spray on cleaners, let sit and wipe but i love this way better no chemicals!!
    i will be doing this from now on, i ‘ll never use cleaner in my microwave again.
    we’ve actually stopped using it a lot now anyway after the study i read!

  47. OMG how do you find all these awesome cleaning ideas!!! Making my life easier one step at a time. Thank you so much, bookmarking and sharing this awesome tip!!

  48. Great tips, going to try this out today

  49. when it comes to cleaning quick and easy is the way to go

  50. Thanks! Going to have to try this soon, my microwave is horrible!

  51. this works wonders!

    My parents are guilty of not covering what they are cooking [usually beans,tomatoe soup or chili] and it always explodes and leaves a lovely film of gunk all over the microwave and they never clean it!

    And I rarely use the microwave so once i get around to it the mess it caked on…bleh!

  52. Great information.

  53. September 14- You make it so simple! Thank you so much for simplifying a task I was making difficult for myself. –And with items I already have in the house!

  54. So Simple!!! how many hours I have wasted scrubbing the microwave.. Awesome tip!

  55. Wow wonderful!! I am for sure gonna try this, thank you

  56. I have done this with just the lemon juice and it also worked lovely.

  57. My family is really bad for cleaning our microwave, they will use it and quickly get their food and leave the kitchen quickly lol. Thank you so much for sharing such a great tip on how to clean your microwave:)

  58. I tried this, and it worked pretty well. Makes the daunting task of cleaning your microwave easy and quick!! Thanks for sharing!!

  59. Thank you soooooooo much for this tip!! Awesome!

  60. this works wonders. have been doing this for years.

  61. My microwave is such a disaster after my hubby heats up his pasta and red sauce. What a great idea, I will have to give it a try.

  62. I am going to give this a try tomorrow, here is hoping

  63. I am doing this today!! Need my microwave to smell and be fresh!! Sounds great and I luv a good tip!! 🙂

  64. Hubby makes the biggest mess in the microwave, so again I have to clean it today

  65. great tips thanks for sharing , going to try it out next time it needs major cleaning 🙂

  66. Thanks,this is a great tip

  67. Going to try this soon,thanks

  68. a good method to get rid of lingerig smells. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  69. Sharing this microwave tip with friends

  70. I’ve never thought about how to clean the odor out. I’ve always fantastic spray cleanser to clean the walls.

  71. It’s funny that you posted about this because my husband was going to clean out the microwave for me (I know, nice guy right?) and I told him the lemon juice trick. He thought I was crazy until he tried it and now he’s a believer too! That stuff is magic.

    Best regards! Redbridge Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  72. I done my mom microwave and it worked perfect…clean and fresh

  73. Great tips for those who use a microwave

  74. It works! Thanks.

  75. Another way to clean and remove the microwave odor faster is to boil a cup of water with a lemon ( cut lemon) in it. Boil it for 2 minutes and wipe the microwave with a paper towel

  76. Thanks for the great tips

  77. I love this hint – now if only I didn’t wait so long to clean it… And why am I the only one who does? Am I the only Mom who is house is like this?!?!


  78. I like your recipe for cleaning the microwave. I tried it and my microwave is clean and odor free. Thanks

  79. Thanks so mush for this post,it works so well.

  80. It actually keeps it smelling fresh for a few days

  81. Thanks for sharing these tips !

  82. Thanks, tried this today and worked like a charm!

  83. This is wonderful to know, and so easy!

  84. Ohhhh, great! I just put a cup of water in, I can’t wait to try this! Thank you!

  85. Thanks!! I was looking for something like this!

  86. This is how I have always cleaned my microwave, very easy!

  87. This is exactly what my microwave needs. Pinning for later

  88. This looks like a great way to clean a microwave

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