cleaning a microwave

8 Easy Steps for Cleaning a Microwave Inside and Out

If you’re like most people, you probably use your microwave on a regular basis. It’s a convenient appliance that heats up food in a matter of minutes, but let’s be real – it can get pretty gross in there! Food splatters, spills, and stains can accumulate quickly, leaving your microwave looking less than appetizing. But don’t worry, because cleaning a microwave is easier than you might think! And, bonus, we’re going to use a natural cleaning ingredient that you probably already have in your kitchen: lemons!

Steps for Cleaning a Microwave Quickly and Easily

Lemons are a natural disinfectant and they also have a refreshing scent that will leave your microwave smelling clean and fresh. So, without further ado, here are the steps for cleaning a microwave the easy way using lemons:

How to Clean Microwave With LemonsHow to Clean Microwave With Lemons

Step 1: Remove any large pieces of food or debris from the microwave. Take out the turntable (if your microwave has one) and give it a quick rinse in the sink.

Step 2: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and slice a lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water and add the lemon halves to the bowl as well.

Step 3: Place the bowl in the microwave and set the timer for 5 minutes. The steam from the lemon water will help to loosen any dried-on food or stains.

Cleaning the Outside of a Microwave

Step 4: While you’re waiting for the timer to go off, you can tackle the outside of the microwave. Wipe down the control panel, buttons, and exterior surface with a damp cloth. If you have any stubborn stains or streaks, you can use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to help lift them away.

Wiping Down the Inside of the Microwave

Step 5: Once the timer goes off, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot!) and use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave. The stains and splatters should come off easily with the help of the lemon water.

Step 6: Don’t forget to give the turntable a good scrub as well. Rinse it off and put it back in the microwave.

Cleaning the Outside of a Microwave

Step 7: For an extra sparkly finish, you can use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to give the inside of the microwave a final wipe-down. This will also help to remove any lingering odors.

Step 8: Finally, give the microwave a final rinse with a damp cloth and leave the door open for a few minutes to allow it to air out and dry.

And that’s it! Just eight easy steps for cleaning a microwave to get it sparkling clean. Lemon not only adds a refreshing scent to the cleaning process, but it’s also a natural disinfectant. So not only will your microwave look clean, but it will also be germ-free. Happy cleaning, and don’t forget to give us a call for any appliance repair needs!

P.S. For more tips check out our DIY guides on cleaning a glass cooktop or what to do when your dishwasher won’t start.

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