Because it is often “out of sight, out of mind” until you go to use it, microwaves can quickly become hidden science experiments pretty quickly, if you don’t clean up splatters and spills when they happen – and let’s face it, most of us are usually busy when we quickly pop something in the microwave to spend the few minutes cleaning it.
If your microwave is a mess of ick, here are some quick cleaning ideas
- Run the turntable through the dishwasher. This is the easiest way to quickly do part of the clean up, just pop the turntable into the dishwasher at night, or whenever it is you do the dishes, so at least that part is clean without a problem… just remind your kids they can’t use the microwave when there is no turntable in it!
- Use a microwave-safe container or cup (at least 4 cup size) and fill it with 3 cups of water, a squirt of lemon juice and a slice of lemon. Microwave for 5 minutes on high and then let it sit for another few minutes for the steam to help clean. More details here.
- If your microwave is stinky too, if someone burned something in it or microwaved something smelly, use the same tip as above, but skip the lemon juice and lemon slice, and add 3 tsp of baking soda instead. And after you let the microwave steam for a few minutes, let the water cool slightly and you can use the baking soda water to clean the inside of the microwave with a sponge.
- Need even more help to remove smells after the baking soda trick? Put some ammonia in a bowl and leave it in the microwave overnight to help eliminate the smell.
After following one (or more!) of these tips, you should have a sparkly and clean smelling microwave! Any other microwave cleaning tips?