Written by Tenley Haraldson
Since over 90% of US homes (and most workplaces) have microwaves, you’ve almost certainly encountered some nasty ones. Those food explosions and burnt smells are more than just a bacterial breeding ground: They can also affect the taste of whatever you’re putting in there.
You don’t need to spend ages scrubbing and swearing: Our microwave cleaning hacks make the process a cinch.
Microwave Cleaning Products You Need to Get Started
It’s true that certain industrial-strength cleaning products can work extremely well to remove baked-on messes. However, most contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to humans and to the environment. However, we believe that these sorts of ingredients have no place near food-safe surfaces – and that plant-based formulas can work just as well without the risk.
Puracy is a brand that’s proud of its transparent ingredient list and incredibly effective, plant-based products. We recommend using:
- Natural Surface Cleaner - This 99.96% natural formula is great for any and all non-porous surfaces.
- Natural Dish Soap - Incredibly concentrated to “do more with less”, this plant-based dish soap is amazing at loosening food stains.
- Microfiber towel - These reusable cloths have the perfect thickness for any sort of mess or task.
- Scrub Brush - If you’re dealing with some seriously caked-on food, you’ll appreciate having one of these handy.
- Optional: Lemon, white vinegar, baking soda
How to Easily Clean Your Microwave
We say it a lot but “frequent care is easy care.”
Every time you use the microwave, make sure that your food and drink is properly covered. If you spot some spatters, wipe things down before heating anything else up. If you’re dealing with a monster mess, the following microwave cleaning hacks will help:
#1: Take Everything Out & Wash
Remove the glass turntable and its plastic holder into a sink of warm water and dish soap. Let them soak a few minutes before breaking out a dish scrubbing brush (we love the OXO dish brush). Once cleaned, place these in a dish rack to dry.
#2: Sweep It Clean
Using a damp microfiber towel, remove loose crumbs and larger food pieces from the bottom, walls, and roof of the microwave.
# 3: Spray It Down
Two sprays of Multi-Surface Cleaner should be enough to tackle most microwaves. If you’re battling baked-on food stains, let this sit for 30 seconds before moving on to the next step.
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#4: Wipe & Swipe
Using a clean, folded microfiber cloth, apply medium pressure in fast, overlapping passes (think a “Z” pattern). The wetness pattern will evaporate shortly after you pass over, which confirms you are cleaning correctly.
#5: Don’t Forget the Outside
Spray the exterior of the microwave with Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, then wipe down in the same way. Be sure to use a light touch around the buttons.
Cleaning Microwaves with Lemon
Lemons obviously smell great, but the real power lies in their citric acid.
Step #1: Take Everything Out & Wash
Follow the instructions from the previous section.
Step #2: Break out the Lemons
Cut a fresh lemon into 6-8 wedges. Place in a microwave-safe bowl with water, then microwave on high until it boils (approximately 2-4 minutes). Turn off your microwave but keep the door closed for at least 10 minutes to let the steam cut through stains.
Step #3: Wipe Everything Down
Remove the bowl with oven mitts, then use a clean, folded microfiber cloth to wipe down the interior. If you still spot grease and stains, you can repeat the process with the same bowl of lemons. Or you can speed up the process with our Multi-Surface Cleaner (the choice is yours).
Cleaning Your Microwave with Vinegar
Similar to the above steps, pour equal parts white vinegar and water into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 5-7 minutes (or until it starts boiling), then let it sit for another 2-3 minutes. Safely remove the bowl and wipe down the interior with a clean, folded microfiber cloth.
You can dip a scrub brush into the solution and focus on extra-stubborn stains, then wipe down the interior with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. The final step of either cleaning process should include wiping down the exterior with Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner for a gorgeous gleam.
The Wet-Rag Microwave Cleaning Hack
Similar to steaming water and lemon, dip a clean microfiber towel or rag in water then thoroughly wring it out. Place it directly on the turntable, microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, then let it sit for 2 more minutes to allow the steam to break down stains. Use caution while handling this hot cloth to wipe down the interior (we recommend using silicone oven mitts).
How to Get the Burnt Smell out of a Microwave
Our microwave cleaning hacks above usually eliminate smells (because it’s usually the stuck-on food that’s creating them). But for particularly strong odors, you can try one of these natural cleaning hacks:
- Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to the lemon/water method.
- Use orange slices instead of lemons (or both).
- Soak a sponge in white vinegar. Sprinkle the sponge with baking soda. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then use the sponge to thoroughly wipe down the inside.
- Leave an open box of baking soda or a bowl of used coffee grounds inside the closed microwave for at least 8 hours.
Puracy: The Easiest Way to Clean a Microwave
Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is designed to be used on just about anything from electronic screens to bathroom surfaces to high chairs to microwaves. This is your secret weapon to wipe up smudges, muck, grime, goo, and gunk! And with a 99.96% natural formula.