Tips for Cleaning Microwave Messes

March 21, 2019

Tips for Cleaning Microwave Messes with Lemon

Eruptions of chili and crusty pieces of cheese are neither appetizing or sanitary in a cooking appliance. Avoid melted mischief with these tips for cleaning microwave messes: 

Use the Power of Steam

Use your microwave’s superpowers to your advantage. Steam can loosen hardened food bits, cutting down on your scrub time. Skip the sponge and use common household ingredients instead.

Cleaning microwave messes with water and lemon

What you’ll need:

  • Medium microwavable bowl (should hold at least 4 cups of liquid)
  • Water
  • Vinegar or 1 lemon, cut in half


  1. Fill the microwavable bowl with 2 cups water and ¼ cup vinegar or lemon halves.
  2. Microwave on high for 1.5-3 minutes, depending on the wattage (lower watts require more time).
  3. Keep an eye on the bowl to make sure water doesn’t boil over.
  4. Once the time is up, let the bowl sit in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove the bowl using oven mitts.
  6. Use a paper towel to wipe the sides, the tray and the area under the tray.

A Good Scrubbing

If the steam didn’t loosen all of the gunk, it’s time to surrender to the sponge. Use a damp, abrasive sponge—with or without soap—to remove the leftover bits.

Clean your microwave regularly to keep it fresh and sanitary—about every month. After all, no one wants their morning oatmeal to smell like last night’s lasagna.

  • Pro-tip: The sooner you wipe up spots, the easier they are to remove.

Need more cleaning inspo? Use these tips to keep your house clean all year long.

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