All of the most effective and fastest ways to clean the inside of a microwave oven are based on one principle – creating a steam bath and a trap for cleaning agent vapors. The trap effect will be created by the stove itself, but our task is to make an effective cleaning solution from products that, fortunately, are probably already in your kitchen cabinet..
A quick way to clean the microwave
In most cases, the vinegar “bath” method helps to wash the microwave from old greasy deposits and stubborn stains:
- In a bowl, combine 1.5-2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar (9%) and microwave.
- Run the microwave oven at maximum power for 10 minutes, then leave it to “steam” for another 5-10 minutes.
- Wipe the oven with a damp cloth to remove dirt and vinegar odors.
Yes, the smell of vinegar will be felt during cleaning, but it will quickly disappear both from the room and from the microwave chamber. And, of course, during the “bath” it is advisable to open the window.
If the dirt after the “bath” is soaked, but still remains, you can turn on the oven for another 10 minutes or wipe its chamber with a sponge dipped in the same vinegar solution and sprinkled with soda.
Old greasy deposits after the vinegar “steam room” will help wash out the olive oil.
Now let’s talk about other ways that you can replace or supplement the above cleaning method..
Method 2. Cleaning the microwave with citric acid or lemon juice (for medium to heavy soiling)
This method allows not only to quickly clean the microwave oven from the inside of grease and carbon deposits, but also to eliminate unpleasant odors. However, if the chamber of your microwave oven is covered with enamel, then you should not regularly use citric acid to wash it..
What you need: water (400-500 ml), a container for water and 1 tablespoon of citric acid or 4 tablespoons of lemon juice from 2 medium lemons and leftovers from them.
- We fill the dishes with water, pour citric acid into it or squeeze the juice from the lemons cut in half, and then put the halves of the fruit there as well as shown in the photo below.
- Next, we put the container in the chamber and turn on the microwave at maximum power for 2-5 minutes – depending on the degree of pollution.
- When the microwave turns off, you should wait another 5-15 minutes.
- We take out the dishes, wipe the inside of the oven with a sponge or rag, in difficult places wetting the sponge in the same solution.
Method 3. Cleaning the microwave with baking soda (for medium soiling)
If citric acid is not at hand, and you do not grow a lemon tree at home, and generally prefer to use citruses for their intended purpose, then baking soda will help you, which will settle on the walls of the chamber in the form of condensation and dissolve dried splashes and dirt.
What you need: water (400-500 ml), a container for water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Recipe: our task is to make a solution that will settle on the walls of the chamber in the form of condensation and dissolve dried splashes and dirt. To do this, fill the dishes with water, pour soda into it, put it in the chamber to heat up at maximum power for 2-5 minutes, and then leave the oven alone for another 5 minutes. Then it remains only to wipe the camera clean, in difficult places wetting a sponge or rag in the same soda solution.
Method 4. Cleaning with vinegar (for stubborn dirt)
Vinegar will help to wash even the most neglected microwave efficiently and quickly, but its smell during the cleaning process will have to be tolerated. And one more thing – if the chamber of your microwave oven is covered with enamel, then we do not recommend using this method too often..
What you need: water (400-500 ml), a container for water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar (9%) or 1 teaspoon of 70% essence.
Recipe: first of all, we open the window so that the smell of acid can disappear. Next, pour water into a plate, pour a bite into it, put the solution in the chamber and turn on the microwave for 2-5 minutes, depending on the degree of pollution. Now we give the vapors of the vinegar a little more time to dissolve the dirt on the walls of the chamber and begin to wash the microwave oven from the inside with a sponge or soft brush. When you’re done, rinse the technique from the product itself..
Method 5. Cleaning the microwave with a sponge and “Fairy” (for light and medium soiling)
You probably thought that we are talking about ordinary mechanical cleaning? Not at all, although you can’t do without it, but now we offer a slightly different method that is suitable for washing a slightly soiled microwave..
What you need: any sponge (except metal, of course), water for soaking it, as well as any dishwashing liquid like “Fairy”, “Dosi”, etc..
Recipe: on a sponge abundantly soaked in water, squeeze out a detergent the size of a 1-ruble coin, then foam it thoroughly, squeezing and unclenching the sponge. Then we put it in the chamber and start the microwave at minimum power for 30 seconds, making sure that the sponge does not start to melt. Now we open the door and wash off the grease and splashes softened with vapors with the same sponge. In the next video, you can clearly see the process and the result of cleaning in the described way..
See also the material: How to clean a washing machine from dirt and scale in 5 steps.
Method 6. Cleaning the microwave with a glass cleaner (without a “bath”)
And here is another good and safe method of cleaning for technology using household chemicals, albeit without creating a “bath” effect.
What you need: a sponge, water, and any glass cleaning liquid.
Recipe: First, unplug your oven. Next, mix the cleaning solution of glass cleaner and water in a 2: 1 ratio. The solution should be enough to be enough to clean the oven both outside and inside. Next, moisten a sponge generously with the detergent solution and wipe the inside of the microwave, including the ring and plate. Dried stains should be soaked in a glass cleaner for 5 minutes. Next, thoroughly wipe the entire chamber with a clean cloth moistened with water so that there is no dirt, no wiper residue, or its smell on the walls..
Method 7. How to clean the microwave with orange peels
The method is excellent for removing light to medium soiling. The advantages are obvious: a pleasant smell of citrus, which will spread throughout the apartment, and the absence of the need to thoroughly wash off the remnants of the “product”, as is the case with chemicals.
What you need: 1 orange, water, a bowl, and a sponge.
Recipe: Peel an orange, put the peel in a small bowl, cover it with water, put it in the microwave and run it for 5 minutes. During this time, the water should boil, and condensation forms on the walls. Next, you need to wait another 10-15 minutes and only then start cleaning the oven. Drops of fat will come off quite easily.
And some more useful tips
- The procedure for cleaning the inside of the camera is as follows: first we take out the ring and the glass plate from the oven, then we wipe the top wall and grate, then the sides, then the bottom, and finally the door as shown in the photo below. The plate can be placed under the oven during cleaning to collect all the dirt in it..
- You need to clean the microwave at least once or twice a month. During this time, the fat spots will not have time to get old..
- In order not to start your assistant and wash her less often, use a special plastic cap that protects the microwave oven chamber from splashes of heated food. The hood can replace transparent glass dishes or cling film.
- With citric acid and vinegar, it is important not to overdo it when heating the solution or soaking, especially if the interior of the chamber is enameled.
- Old grease stains that are not removed even after the “bath” can be removed with a cloth dipped in olive oil.
- Be careful when tidying up your microwave. Do not use metal sponges or sponges that crumble strongly. After all, the ingress of foreign particles behind the grate can cause the device to catch fire. We also advise you to refrain from experimenting with household chemicals and use only specialized products or those described in our article (glass cleaner, dishwashing liquid and “home” products). The use of hazardous chemicals can also cause the device to catch fire..
- Do not use abrasive cleaners on the microwave oven to avoid damaging the cabinet.
- And, of course, we recall that if the food “exploded” during cooking or heating, leaving splashes of fat and food pieces on the inner walls of the oven, then it is better to remove them immediately.
How to clean the microwave from yellowness?
If the body and parts of the microwave oven are made of plastic, then over time they can turn yellow under the influence of ultraviolet radiation and temperature extremes. And the lower the quality of the plastic, the faster this problem will appear. Fortunately, removing yellowness from the microwave is not that difficult. There are three ways:
Method 1. Using chlorine bleach. Any product containing sodium hydrochloride will help to whiten yellowness for several tones. Soak cotton rags in White (or other chlorine bleach) and squeeze lightly, then cover the microwave with them and leave for several hours (you can overnight). At this time, the case should be wrapped with cling film or a bag. Next, wipe the oven clean..
Method 2. Using hydrogen peroxide 8-30%. Hydrogen peroxide from a home first aid kit is only suitable for a slight yellowness. If the plastic has turned yellow strongly, you will need a more powerful tool – peroxide, which is used to lighten hair (with a concentration of 8-30% in the composition). Treat the oven body with the agent, then wrap with cling film or foil and leave for 12 hours (for example, overnight). You can dilute the product with water in a 1: 1 ratio, then soak the rags in the resulting solution and, slightly wringing out, cover the microwave with them. Then wrap everything in plastic and leave for several hours (you can overnight).
Method 3. Using soda and washing powder. Dissolve washing powder and soda in warm water, then apply the composition to the yellowed plastic and leave overnight. Then wipe the oven clean..