Cleaning a microwave isn’t difficult but it’s definitely a neglected task – out of sight, out of mind. Food splatters and spills happen and if your house is anything like mine, it’s much easier to the close the door than wipe up those drips and spills.

How to Clean a Microwave

Fill a glass bowl or measuring cup with 3-4 cups of hot tap water.

Cut a lemon into chunks and place in the warm water.

Put the bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes). 

Let the steam do its job – don’t open the door for at least 5 minutes. Let the steam work to dissolve any grease, drips, and grime. Repeat if you don’t see steam on the inside of the microwave.

Take out the glass plate or tray in your microwave and wash it in your sink or dishwasher.

Wipe the interior of the microwave clean. If you need a little extra cleaning power spritz with white vinegar or non-toxic all-purpose cleaner. Use a sponge or a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe clean and rinse and wring as you’re wiping .

Wash and dry the glass plate and return it to the microwave.


Do you have my book Simply Clean? It’s full of homekeeping tips and tricks like this one!