How To Clean A Microwave Easily

After living in many houses where my husband and I could barely fit into our kitchen together, we finally have a large kitchen with plenty of counter space. I love my kitchen, it is definitely my favorite room in the house and I can usually be found there either cooking or cleaning.

A big reason I have so much counter space in my kitchen is because I have an over the range microwave, they really do save tons of space. The only down side is that I am 5’3″ and it’s very hard to reach to the roof of my microwave to properly clean it. I’ve tried many products that claim to make this an easier task, but nothing has worked quite like the vinegar steam trick. If you don’t already know this trick then I am about to blow your mind, this truly is how to clean a microwave easily. 

As you can see in the picture, my microwave was in need of some serious cleaning. This method really works, even on the tuff spots! It’s worth a try if you haven’t already and I bet you will be amazed at the results.

How to Clean A Microwave Easily

All you will need is 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. It’s up to you if you would like to add a few drops of essential oils to block the vinegar smell. I don’t like the smell of vinegar but this solution doesn’t bother me so the water or the heating must dilute the odor because it doesn’t bother me at all.


How To Easily Clean A Microwave

Put both the vinegar and water into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.

How to Clean A Microwave Easily

When the 5 minutes is up, don’t open you microwave, let it steam for 4 minutes. This is an essential part of the cleaning process and you need to give the steam time to cover the entire inside of the microwave.

How to Clean A Microwave Easily


Once I opened the door I took this picture, as you can see before wiping out any of the mess, the steam has already begun to do the cleaning for me!

How to Clean A Microwave Easily

Remove the bowl and begin wiping down the microwave. The grease and spilled food should wipe right off. On occasion there is a spot or two that are just extremely stubborn and for this, just dunk your rag or paper towel into the bowl of vinegar water and tackle that tuff spot. This cleaning solution works great for the outside of the microwave too!

How to Clean A Microwave Easily


After trying this, let me know what you thought of this trick.  Did it blow your mind how easy this was to do? You may also want to check out 7 surprising things your microwave can do and these other easy to make DIY Cleaning Products.

How to Easily Clean A Microwave Easily


  1. Michelle says:

    Guess what I’m doing tonight when I get home? Can’t wait to try this on my messy microwave!

  2. Jack+Liston says:

    whoa, that was cool!

  3. Fantastic information. You are so right that there is nothing better than vinegar steam trick. My mom taught me to use it. I am so grateful. Thank you for sharing it. Best regards!

  4. Ashley Perez says:

    I definitely need to try this! Thanks for sharing.


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  2. […] Much like the feature on your oven, your microwave can help to clean itself. Microwave a cup of water with a a cup of vinegar for 5 minutes. When done heating, allow bowl to sit in microwave for an extra 5 minutes to allow steam to build up. Be careful when removing bowl, it will be hot. Wipe down microwave easily and faster with the help of the steam and vinegar. You can see the whole process in more details with great before and after pictures by clicking here.  […]

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