How to Clean a Microwave


Cleanliness is one of the most basic yet essential teachings at kindergarten! If you are clean and hygienic, people will like you; if you are clean and hygienic, you will be fresh throughout the day, if you are clean and hygienic, you will stay away from all kinds of infections does that ring a bell? Microwave ovens are fantastic time-saving devices, for warming food, cooking, and for even rewarming coffee. They sometimes tend to get a bit dirty inside, especially if you have children who have just gotten old enough to use them as well as a messy spouse. Gross and disgusting might be better words for it, with food that popped and sputtered during microwaving littering the inside surfaces. Cleaning them can be a big chore f you do not know how. How do you quickly clean a microwave? Cleaning a microwave oven does not mean you have to use harsh chemicals. The only items you will need are a microwave proof container, water, and a cloth or sponge. The microwave container should not be too large. A coffee cup or bowl is large enough.


First, try not to get it filthy! Cover all food you cook or warm well. A paper towel or napkin works pretty well, but special purposes covers are also available and do a better good. I find having a particular purpose cover and letting people know about it makes it more likely others will cover their food before placing it inside. Make sure it’s easily accessible and near the microwave for convenience and regularity of use. Also, stopping, mixing, and then restarting soups, chowders, or other liquids during warming not only helps them warm more evenly but keeps them from sputtering up and making messes. Make sure you don’t over hot foods either as that will tend to spray the inside as well. This is all good, but with a house full of kids or less attentive adults it doesn’t entirely prevent your microwave from getting dirty inside.

Fill the container two-thirds with water. You need to leave some space for the water to boil. Set the bowl in the microwave and turn power on to High. Set the time for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. After the timer goes off, let the container sit in the microwave for 5 minutes. Do not open the door.

After 5 minutes, open the microwave door. It should be a little steamy inside. Take your sponge or cloth and wipe the interior down. Cooked on food should slide right off. If you have stubborn food particles that you cannot wipe off, repeat the process. No need to spend time scrubbing. Filthy ovens with baked on food residue may need a second “steaming.”

This method works because steam is created inside the oven. The hot water boils, causing the steam to penetrate beneath the food residue, making it easy to wipe down. This is why it is important that you do not open the door for at least 5 minutes. If the colder air comes in contact with the steam inside the microwave, the interior of the microwave will dry before it has time to do its cleaning magic. This cleaning process takes little effort and can be done as needed.

To clean the inside, first use a wet sponge to remove any crumbs or other loose debris. For caked on bits or other substances, use a fingernail or other blunt object, gently removing whatever comes off quickly. Be gentle but persistent and you’ll get some major crud of easily. Next spray with an all-purpose cleaner, let it sit for a minute or so, and then wipe off.

If your microwave is like mine, it’s still somewhat dirty. Spray on more all purpose cleaner, and then microwave for 30-60 seconds. Now the remaining mess should wipe off much more quickly. Repeat if necessary. Clean the exterior with the cleaner and a paper towel or sponge.

Ideally clean your microwave oven periodically before it gets filthy. It’s easier and faster that way. So you see, it’s not all that difficult to clean- just a few minutes out of your schedule and you’re done! This becomes even easier with microwaves that come with a handbook, like those of Panasonic. The guidelines state exactly how a particular microwave should be safely cleaned.