3 natural ways to clean your microwave - HMS National, Inc.

3 natural ways to clean your microwave

October 16, 2014

Microwaves can get really grimy if you're not diligent about cleaning them. If you've been slacking on a weekly wipe down, you probably have food caked on the sides, ceiling and door of your appliance. However, there's no need to spend time scrubbing it clean. Use these tips to get your microwave sparkling in a matter of minutes.

1. Vinegar
Using vinegar and water to steam a microwave is probably one of the most popular techniques. This method loosens up all the stuck-on food so you can easily wipe it out and eliminates any odors. You'll need a microwavable bowl, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 or 2 cups of water. Combine the vinegar and water in your bowl, then microwave for five minutes. Let the bowl cool for a minute, then remove it from the microwave. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the inside.

2. Lemon water
You can also use lemon juice to clean out your microwave. It's a comparable method if you don't have any vinegar on hand. Pour 1 or 2 cups of water into a microwavable bowl, then squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon. You can add both the juice and the rinds into the water. Heat the bowl in the microwave for three minutes. When the timer goes off, leave the appliance closed for a few minutes to let the steam work its magic. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe down your microwave.

3. Baking soda
If you still have some tough stains after you clean, a little baking soda can help get them off. Sprinkle the powder on the areas that have caked-on food, then spray it with a little water. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a damp sponge.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.