How to clean your microwave

From instant morning porridge to speedy lunches, many of us rely on a microwave for fast food at home – but cooking splashes and occasional overflows can leave microwaves in need of a regular clean.

What is the best way to clean your microwave? Here are 3 easy cleaning hacks to get your appliance sparkling once more…

  1. With steam
    Dried and stuck-on food splashes can be hard to remove, but steam is a great way to soften them for easy cleaning. Simply pop 1 cup/230ml water into a microwave-safe bowl and run your microwave on high power for a few minutes until steamy. Let the water cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, then carefully remove the bowl – you should simply be able to wipe the interior clean with a cloth or sponge.


  1. With lemon

Lemon juice has antibacterial properties, as well as a delightful fresh scent. Try adding freshly cut lemon slices to your microwave-safe bowl of water and try the trick above – you can also add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water for extra grease-busting power.


  1. With washing-up liquid

A few drops of washing-up liquid diluted in warm water is a highly versatile cleaning solution. Perfect for cutting through grease and grime, it’s great for a job like microwave cleaning. Mix your solution in a sink or tub, remove the microwave turntable and plate, and let them soak in the mixture while you work. Mix another batch of the solution in a small bowl, dip a soft sponge or microfibre cloth into the soapy water and wipe over the inside of the microwave. Rinse your cloth and wipe over again with clean water until all suds are gone. Let everything thoroughly dry before replacing the turntable and plate.


Don’t forget the outside! Wipe down the outside of your microwave with a damp soapy cloth or antibacterial spray once a week to keep it in tip-top condition. Pay attention to the controls and door handle where food residue may get trapped.

Remember, always check your manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning.

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