naturally clean a microwave

How to Naturally Clean A Microwave

Creating a steamy environment in your microwave oven helps to loosen the super-stubborn food messes that tend to accumulate inside. Once the steam works its magic, those messes can easily be wiped up using a damp sponge, soft cloth, or paper towel. There’s no better or quicker way to clean a microwave! Here are some microwave cleaning hacks that are natural.

The first method uses vinegar. It cleans, sanitizes, and deodorizes all at once! But some people can be sensitive about the scent of vinegar. The second method uses water and lemon oil to clean and sanitize your microwave inside.

Method #1 – Using Vinegar

You’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Warm Water
  • Glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl
  • A wooden skewer or wooden spoon
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)

Step 1: Pour one cup of white vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, along with one cup of warm water. Place the cup or bowl into your microwave, then place a wooden spoon into the liquid.

Step 2: Set your microwave for 5-10 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is) and turn it on. When the time is up, CAREFULLY remove the bowl or cup from the microwave using an oven mitt.

Step 3: Next, grab a clean cloth (paper towels will work too) and wipe the microwave door and the rest of the inside clean. The steam from the water and vinegar will have loosened up any splatters and spills, so you can wipe the surfaces clean without any scrubbing!

Method #2 – Using Lemon

You’ll need:

  • Water
  • Lemon essential oil (or lemon juice)
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge

Step 1: Start by getting your sponge wet. You want it to be as saturated as possible! Then place your wet sponge in the microwave. Next, fill your spray bottle with a couple of ounces of water and about 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil. (If you want a stronger lemon scent, use a few more drops, or a fewer if you’d prefer a subtler scent.)

Step 2: Spray the inside of your microwave with the water and lemon oil mixture. Ensure you spray it liberally all over, including the top, bottom, and sides of your microwave.

Step 3: Then set your microwave for approximately 2 minutes and turn it on.

Step 4: After the time is up and the microwave turns off, leave the sponge inside the microwave with the door closed for a few minutes until the sponge is cool enough to handle. Then grab the sponge and use it to wipe the inside. Watch in amazement as all the gunk and grime slides off easily!

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