Need to learn how to clean your microwave without chemicals or scrubbing? Here’s an easy, natural way to wipe out microwave grime without much effort.
I have a pretty old microwave who’s been sitting “dormant” for ages until I’ve decided to part ways with my seaman days and settle down on land. This is when the poor microwave has started to be very used and sometimes abused (when a certain blogger discovered the joys of baking brownies in a cup). And since I’m always in a rush the quickest way to heat the food is my poor microwave. It leaves such a mess sometimes!
But I truly, deeply hate cleaning the microwave! It’s a necessary evil because I can’t stand to see food stuck in there. Plus the more you neglect it the harder it gets to clean. But it’s so annoying to scrub and wipe for about a thousand times before you get a tiny area spotless. It seems as if the microwave develops brand new dirty spots while you’re busy cleaning.
I’ve heard great reviews about different options on how to clean your microwave without chemicals or scrubbing and one sounded really nice to me: the citrus and vinegar combo. I’m a big citrus lover and I cannot praise vinegar enough so I thought I should give it a try, see if it works on my alien microwave.
Guess what? It worked like magic! I cleaned the microwave in just a few minutes and it looks as if new. I left it dirty for a while, skipping a couple of cleaning sessions, just to test how great this method is. I also wanted to use grapefruit in addition to lemons as it smells fantastic! I must say I’m in love and there is no way I will ever clean my microwave using a different method.
This is how my poor, neglected microwave used to look like before cleaning
And this is the after cleaning photo – a huge improvement
If you hate chemicals as much as you hate scrubbing the life out of you while cleaning your microwave or you simply haven’t found the right solution to clean your microwave, here’s what you need to do.
How to clean your microwave without chemicals
You will need:
- 2-3 citrus fruit: lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit (I used 2 lemons and 1 grapefruit)
- 1 cup vinegar (I used apple cider but any works)
- plain water to cover the citrus fruit
- 1 large microwave safe bowl
- Slice the citrus fruit.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl place the citrus and vinegar.
- Cover the fruit with water
- Turn the microwave on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy (Experiment for the first time. I had to keep mine going for 20 minutes; I set it for 30 minutes first and stopped it when I’ve noticed the boiling).
- Do not open the door but let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door.
- Remove the bowl and wipe out the inside; it will clean very easily.
- Clean the rubber gasket around the door too.
- If the window is still greasy, apply some of the citrus/vinegar/water mixture from the bowl, leave it to work for a few minutes then wipe clean.
- If your microwave is super dirty and this method doesn’t clean it completely, clean again with a paste made of baking soda and water (you shouldn’t need this step though).
Fortunately, microwaves aren’t hard to clean if you know how. And now you know how to clean your microwave without chemicals and with minimal effort. I hope this helps keep your microwave clean and your mind sane.