Keep Your Microwave Looking New With These Cleaning Tips
Place a bowl of water in the microwave (with a non-metal object such as a wooden spoon or stir stick in the water*) and heat for 3 – 5 minutes, depending how hard the crud is really stuck on.
When it stops heating, keep the door closed to give the moisture and steam the heated bowl of water generated to have time to work.
Remove bowl (careful, it’s hot) and take a moist, warm cloth to the inside walls of the appliance. The crud bits should wipe off easily.
Add a couple teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water and follow same process as above. The added baking soda will act as a deodorizer. If you’re brave, you can use the hot baking soda water to scrub, but be careful–it is HOT water. Use a thick sponge and make sure to keep water away from your fingertips. You could also add a splash or two of cold water to bring the temperature down.
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl and follow the same procedure as Tip #1. The vinegar also acts as a freshener and deodorizer. You can also use this water when wiping down, but again–the water is very hot. Be careful.
Soak a thick, clean sponge with vinegar and water (you can also use a hand towel instead of a sponge), set microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let it sit closed for a few minutes once heating is done–allows moisture and steam to work into all the crust bits and splatters. Open appliance and use the sponge to wipe down insides. The sponge will be hot, so wear rubber gloves to help protect your skin from the heat.