I clean my microwave about every week, and it never gets too dirty as we don’t use it that often. I usually wipe it out with vinegar sprayed onto a rag… but I wanted to write a post about a trick I learned on Pinterest that I’ve used a few times when I need a deeper clean.
My microwave wasn’t all that dirty to start out:
I used the following Pinterest trick:
Put half water, half vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. (Pinterest says 1 cup of each… I use less. The vinegar smell is awful and lingering if you use too much.) Once I microwaved straight vinegar because I forgot and I had to leave the room because of the smell.
Microwave on high for 1-3 minutes, depending on how stuck on the food is. Some Pinners say 10 minutes. I have not found that to be necessary.
The steam from the vinegar mixture loosens the food/grime on the walls and ceiling of the inside of the microwave.
Remove the bowl with oven mitts. Dip a rag in the (VERY HOT!) solution and wipe down walls and ceiling.
It’s a good idea to remove the microwave plate to wipe it down, or wash with dish soap if you need to.
I always leave the microwave door open a little while to air it out. I also wipe down the outside of the microwave to disinfect a bit.
VERDICT: This Pinterest trick works nicely. I like that it uses vinegar, which is safe to ingest. I also like how easy it is. I haven’t had the opportunity to use this method on an extra-dirty microwave in a while, but if I remember right, it works well for those too with a few extra minutes of microwaving. If you find yourself needing to scrub too hard, microwave the vinegar/water mixture a little longer.
Comment if you try it!
My mom taught me this trick, but she just put water into a coffee cup and microwaved it for a couple minutes (depending on how dirty)! Works well! This trick is definitely a good one, it takes some elbow work out of cleaning!
I wonder how differently it works when adding the vinegar to it compared to just straight water. Great tip 🙂