How to Clean Your Microwave (with water)


Have you ever come home and found evidence of what the kids made in the microwave? Well, today my kids decided to make hot chocolate but it turned out to be a chocolate volcano! If you don’t already know, it is NOT a good idea to add the cocoa powder mix to the water prior to heating. If you do, you can see what you might get.

Surprisingly, the rest of the microwave wasn’t too bad although it’s seen some pretty ugly days!

Here’s my easy, scrub method for removing all sorts of baked-on, splattered, goopy mess.

wet sponge

All you need is a sponge (preferably with a non-scratch side), water and gloves. No cleaners required! Soak the sponge thoroughly in water- if it’s not wet enough, you run the risk of catching fire!

If you’ve really got a lot of cooked-on food, you might want to put in a small bowl of water, as well. Place it in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. This will create a nice steam bath in the oven and loosen all that baked-on mess.

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Now, I do have to admit that I rinsed off the glass plate a bit before doing this, but I didn’t scrub at all or use dish soap.

Wearing gloves to protect your skin from the heat, carefully take the hot sponge and wipe the inside surfaces. You may need to rinse several times depending on how dirty the sponge gets. And you may find it necessary to still wash the glass plate in the sink or dishwasher, but the interior of the microwave should come clean very easily.

When you’re done, wipe the inside with a clean cloth to dry and give it a nice shine. This technique can be repeated as needed; just make sure you re-wet your sponge!

Voila! My microwave was sparkling in less than 5 minutes… and I didn’t use any harsh chemicals or cleaners where I prepare my family’s meals. But if you need a little extra scrubbing power, you could a little vinegar to the mix.

Have you tried this method before?

  1. i usually just do a bowl of water in a micro safe bowl and heat. i use a throwaway chopstick from chinese takeout in the water while heating to break the surface tension. if i have some lemon i put that in the water but dont usually have any problems with having to get rid of smells in my microwave. :-)

  2. great idea :) I would do that method in college… now I use vinegar/ water.
    my grandma gave me a book that she used many moons ago about using vinegar.. the different ways to use it. I am glad she gave it to me :) very useful :)

    p.s. love your site :)

  3. I like the sponge idea! I have always used a glass bowl filled with water. Sometimes if the microwave is smelly I will add vinegar or a sliced lemon to get rid of the odor.

  4. I fill a cup with water and add a little lemon juice to it. Then I microwave it for 3-5 mins and let it steam. Wipe it clean and it’s deodorized and sanitized without any chemicals! Works great every time.

  5. I have been using this method for years – works like a charm! I add 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon or bottled lemon juice to a bowl or sponge. Also found that it only takes a small parfait bowl of water to work.

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