How to clean your microwave
A sparkling microwave in three easy steps.
Is your microwave looking a little worse for wear? That one last bowl of bubbling soup was the final straw. It’s time to give it a clean. But where do you even start? Do you need special cleaning products? Or can you just use what you have around the house?
Here's a step-by-step guide to getting your microwave clean, using only household staples. So open up under-the-sink and get ready to banish those splatters for good!
Step One: Remove the Turntable (if your microwave has one)
If your microwave has a turntable, the first step is to remove it. This will make it easier to clean the inside of the microwave without having to reach around or under the turntable. To remove the turntable, first find the two notches or tabs on either side of the turntable. You will need to insert something like a butter knife or a flathead screwdriver into these notches and lever the turntable up and out. Set the turntable aside in a safe place. If this also needs a clean, you can do this in the sink (we’d recommend Washupthings, to keep things eco).
Step Two: Wipe Down the Interior Walls
Grab a damp paper towel or cloth and give the inside of your microwave a good wipe down with some all purpose cleaning spray (like our Allthings). Focus especially on any areas with built-up food residue or splatters. If you see any particularly stubborn spots, you can use a mild abrasive like baking soda mixed with water to help loosen them up. Just be careful not to scratch the interior surface of your microwave.
Step Three: Clean the Door Gasket
The gasket is the rubber seal that runs along the edge of your microwave door. This is another area where food residue and grease can build up over time. To clean it, simply wipe it down with a damp paper towel or cloth. As with the interior walls, baking soda mixed with water or vinegar diluted with water can help on those super tough spots. Be sure to rinse off any cleaner completely before moving on to the next step.
Step Four: Reassemble and Enjoy Your Clean Microwave!
Once everything is wiped down and rinsed off, put your turntable back in (if you removed it in Step One) and you’re all set. If the outside of your microwave is chrome, spray with some Shinythings to get it shimmering.
You did it! Now go heat up that leftover lasagna for dinner… you deserve it!