Tips on Cleaning Your Microwave

Did you know that using traditional cleaning agents such as bleach on microwaves may contaminate the food you eat? While this is common knowledge to some, many individuals still clean their microwaves with harsh chemicals which get passed down into the foods they cook. Small amounts of these chemicals probably wont pose any serious health risks, but they can’t certainly affect you as they build up in your body over time. To learn the proper way to clean a microwave, keep reading.


Warm Water Mixed With Baking Soda

The first method we’ll cover involves using two natural ingredients – water and baking soda. Simply heat up a few cups of water either on the stove or in your dirty microwave and mix a small amount of baking soda in it. The cleaning solution should look like a cloudy water after you’ve mixed the two together.

Before take cleaning your microwave, take out the tray and ring. Now soak a cleaning sponge in the water and baking soda mixture and start scrubbing. It may take a little bit of elbow grease but the cleaning solution should soften up even the hardest food particles stuck inside of your microwave. Once you’re done, wipe it down with a dry towel to remove any excess moisture or residue left over.


Vinegar is one of nature’s natural miracle ingredients with countless different uses, one of which is a cleaning agent. Some people make their own cleaning solutions by mixing vinegar, water and baking soda together, but all you really need is the vinegar. Find a spray bottle and fill it with distilled vinegar. Next, thoroughly spray down the inside of your microwave with the vinegar. If there’s any hardened food in your microwave, give it a few extra sprays to really loosen it up. Wait a few minutes for the vinegar to soak in and then start scrubbing it down with a moist sponge or scrub brush. All the food and grime should wipe clean off with just a strokes.

All-Natural Cleaning Sprays

I’ve seen a number of all-natural cleaning sprays sold at Wal-Mart and other stores. While they claim to “all natural”, the truth is that you simply don’t know what’s really in those products, which is why I recommend using one of the cleaning methods outlines above. Sticking with vinegar or baking soda is a sure fire way to clean your microwave and prevent any harmful chemicals from passing on to the food your family eats.