Microwave ovens are convenient, but they can also be a breeding ground for germs. Over time, food spills, grease, and oil can build-up on the inside of the oven. Not only does this attract germs, but it also makes the microwave less efficient.
While you can buy specialist microwave cleaners, these often contain a lot of nasty chemicals. If you are trying to avoid chemical cleaners, or you just want to save time, it’s worth looking into more natural options.
Here, you’ll discover how to clean a microwave with natural products.
Clean and freshen a microwave with lemon
One of the most common, and arguably the best way to clean a microwave naturally, is with fresh lemon. The acidity of the lemon cuts through grease and grime, while also releasing a beautiful fragrance.
To clean your microwave using the lemon method, you will need:
- A fresh lemon
- One cup of water
- Vinegar (optional)
Step 1: Take the fresh lemon and squeeze it gently in your hand. This will cause it to become slightly mushy inside.
Step 2: Place a cup of water into a jug or microwave safe bowl.
Step 3: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze as much of its juice into the water as you can. Now place the halves in the water. If you are dealing with tough built-on residue, you can also add one cup of white vinegar.
Step 4: Heat the water and lemon on a high setting in the microwave for 5-10 minutes.
Step 5: Leave it to sit in the microwave for a further 10 minutes before carefully removing the bowl.
Step 6: Take the turntable out of the microwave and give it a good wipe over with a dishcloth. Wipe the other surfaces in the microwave before putting the turntable back in its place.
The microwave should now be fully clean and smelling fantastic. This is a great cleaning method you can use weekly or monthly, depending on how often you use the microwave oven.
Using white vinegar to clean your microwave
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning products you can use. Its ability to cut through grease and neutralize odors makes it a great choice for cleaning the microwave. It is also cheaper than using the lemon method, and it removes rather than masks odors.
All you need to clean your microwave with vinegar is:
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 2 cups water
- Essential oil (optional)
- Clean rag
- Paper towels
Step 1: Place the vinegar and water into a microwave safe bowl. If you are using essential oil to mask the scent of the vinegar, add a drop or two to the water.
Step 2: Heat the solution in the microwave on high for 5 minutes. Now, leave it for 15 minutes to get to work.
Step 3: Remove the bowl carefully, followed by the turntable. Wipe the turntable down with a clean rag, followed by the door, roof, and sides of the microwave. Dry with a paper towel and replace the turntable.
Step 4: If any patches of grease and food residue remain, dip a sponge in a water and vinegar mixture to spot clean them.
Cleaning a microwave with dishwasher soap
Dishwasher soap is a powerful cleaning option. You can create your own or invest in a natural product. To clean the microwave with this method you will need:
- Dishwasher soap
- Warm water
- A rag or paper towels
Once you have everything you need, you can use the same method as you did with the lemon and vinegar, heating the soap in water for five minutes. Or, for a more hands-on approach, you can follow these steps:
Step 1: Place the dishwasher soap in the warm water and mix it together.
Step 2: Place a sponge into the solution, then squeeze it out to eliminate excess moisture.
Step 3: Take the turntable out of the microwave and scrub it clean in the sink.
Step 4: Remove any crumbs in the microwave with a damp rag or paper towel.
Step 5: Use the sponge and the soapy water to clean inside the microwave. Focus on the sides, roof, and base of the oven.
Step 6: Use a damp rag or paper towel to eliminate any leftover suds.
Step 7: Dry the inside of the microwave with a rag or paper towel to ensure it doesn’t dry streaky.
Step 8: Dry the turntable and return it to the microwave.
This method takes a little more effort than the others. However, it is a good option for cleaning stubborn residue.
Using baking soda to clean your microwave
Another option you have is to use baking soda to clean the microwave. Baking soda has a ton of uses around the home. Renowned for its odor neutralizing and cleaning benefits, it is a safe natural option to effectively clean your microwave oven.
For this method, you will need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups water
- A damp cloth
While you could use a baking soda paste for a hands-on method, the easiest way to use baking soda to clean a microwave is to:
Step 1: Place the baking soda into the water in a microwave safe bowl.
Step 2: Heat the solution on high for around five minutes.
Step 3: Leave for a further 10 minutes for the steam to loosen the grime.
Step 4: Wipe the microwave clean with a damp cloth, removing the turntable and cleaning that separately for easier access.
There are a lot of different ways you can clean a microwave oven naturally. The methods above have been tried and tested and are proven to clean even the dirtiest of microwaves. Try out one of the methods now and see just how effortless cleaning can be.