October 2, 2012

How to clean your microwave without scrubbing

Confession: I don't clean my microwave very often.

I felt embarrassed until I came across all the other mommy bloggers confessing the exact same faux pas.

I think my problem is that I don't really even SEE the mess. I'm just distracted...distracted by the delicious food I probably just microwaved.

Can you blame me? I thought not.

But for those times when I do see the mess and realize I've been derelict in my housekeeping duties, it comforts me to know that I can have the whole fun process over and done with in less than 10 minutes with very little effort or expense.

Here is what I use:

I like to keep a bottle of lemon juice around for cleaning purposes, but if I don't have it then white vinegar does the trick nicely.

The process:
  1. Put ~ 1 cup lemon juice (or vinegar) in a bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Don't open the microwave for a few minutes to let the steamed liquid loosen the food particles.
  4. Remove bowl (it's HOT!) and wipe down with cloth or paper towel.

It really is that easy. 

Sometimes if I have a super heavy-duty cleaning job, I'll spray the interior of the microwave generously with some vinegar before I place the bowl in and heat it. I've never had a problem getting the gunk off when I do that.

Happy steaming!


  1. I accidentally exploded some lanolin in the microwave today. Cleaned it up, and it left the microwave shiny and clean looking. Not bad!

    1. I'm glad it worked out for the positive! I can see how the Lanolin would shine things up nicely. :)

  2. Thanks for your comment because it enabled me to land here. Love, love your blog! :)

  3. Awesome! I'm horrible at cleaning the microwave, but this is easy enough that I might get it done before I forget what I was doing ;).

    1. And it's easy to forget because...out of sight, out of mind! (At least, that's how it works for me.)