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How to Clean a Microwave with Vinegar

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Cleaning a microwave is one of the trickiest tasks you can face, but if you follow this handy guide you will be able to get the job done in less time.

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All microwaves come with a small hand-held cleaning tool, which is quite easy to clean. First, place a paper towel on the surface of the microwave. Next, put your hand or any object with a small amount of lubrication on the hand-held cleaning tool and rotate the tool around the microwave for about 30 seconds to remove food particles. If you have a self-clean function, remove the towel and place the space heater on it for 2 minutes.

How to clean the insides of your microwave with vinegar and water, including what you should clean and what you should do before you start.

Steps to Follow to Clean Your Microwave with Vinegar Mixture

  • Start with an empty and clean bowl.
  • List Slice off the plastic liner and top of the water bowl and dump the bowl into a sink filled with hot, soapy water.
  • Wash your bowl with a water and vinegar mixture. Then rinse the water away well.
  • Replace the liner and the top of the water bowl and keep on washing the water bowl until the water is clear.
  • Now add one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of salt to the water bowl and let it all soak.
  • Once the water is clear, replace the top and take the bowl out of the water bowl and place it over a bowl of warm water. Using a green or white tea towel, drape the towel over the microwave door to seal the bowl in and allow the baking soda to set to a powder.
  • Leave the baking soda to do its magic for an hour.
  • Remove the towel and flush the microwave with water.
  • Now scrub the surface with a sponge, wait 30 seconds, then rinse with warm water. Then repeat the scrubbing with a clean wet sponge.
  • Switch on your microwave and let it heat up for a few seconds.
  • Empty the water bowl and place the bowl of baking soda into the microwave and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Flush with warm water to remove the baking soda.

When you're done, it's important to also clean the edges and inside of the microwave.

Why Vinegar is the secret to clean a microwave?

For most of my 20s, I had a habit of adding about a tablespoon of white vinegar to my hot water before I heated up my water bottle. I know it sounds really strange, but I swear it makes my water cold even after I pour it into my water bottle. This practice has probably saved my microwave from many burns (or worse) from melting condiments in there. Now that I'm 29 and have a full-time job, I don't get to do this anymore. I did some research and found a number of different brands of these bottles. They all come in a variety of sizes, but they all cost the same amount of money. It's cheaper than buying a new microwave.

To be clear, I don't think that a vinegar-based solution will cure any kind of damage to your microwave. But I do think that the acidity in vinegar is able to clean and sanitize any cooking gadget it comes into contact with. Just like your dishwasher can clean dishes, your microwave can be cleaned. Aromatic-acid cleaning wipes, available at dollar stores and grocery stores, aren't powerful enough to remove soap scum, and commercial oven cleaners will have a permanent blemish if you use them for too long, but just like my water bottle bottle, you can use vinegar on a microwave and kill germs, trap odors, and kill harmful bacteria.

These are just a few simple things I've found out. They may not all work for you, or be possible for some of you to do every day, but they're all worthwhile for the effort and the money.