8 Simple Steps to Clean Your Microwave Without Chemicals

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Time to be real: the other day, I was reheating some [delicious] creamed corn in our microwave. I may have not been paying attention as closely as I should have been. Safe to say, I made a mess. The corn exploded everywhere, leaving my microwave looking disgusting. This is my first problem.

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My second problem is that I’m trying to live a cleaner, environmentally friendly life. With that, I’m also an actual clean-freak. For me, it’s hard to feel clean without the scent of bleach trailing behind. I hate feeling like I could be harming my family or my dogs with this and am doing my best to use natural-based cleaners.

I’ve tried several methods in the past and this is my favorite way to clean my microwave without any of those harsh chemicals!

Cleaning Your Microwave

Let’s do it!

Step One: Wipe It Down

I use Mrs. Meyers cleaning spray, which you can get from Grove, and a washable cloth to clean up any easy messes.

If you’re looking for more environmentally friendly options, Grove is perfect! You can buy concentrates, reusable products, and more sustainable options for everyday household items. I get shipped cleaning supplies monthly and I’m obsessed.


Step Two: Prep Your Cleaner

Here’s what I use:

  • One Lemon, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water

Step Four: Steam It

I set this cleaner in the microwave, in a Pyrex measuring cup, and set the microwave for 3-4 minutes.

Step Five: Let It Sit

After those 3-4 minutes, let the mixture sit for 5-6 minutes, this will allow the steam to really soak into the buildup.

Step Six: Remove Cleaner and Tray

Use a cloth or oven mitt to remove the Cleaner, the Pyrex cup is probably really hot. Use one to remove the tray, and wash this in the sink.

Step Seven: Wipe Down the Inside of the Microwave

Most of your microwave should wipe clean without much effort. If it’s really stubborn, run the cleaner through for another 3-4 minutes. I usually dip my cloth back into the cleaning mixture if I need to scrub an area.

Step Eight: Replace Tray and Wipe Down the Outside

See, that was easy peasy, everything is clean and done in less than 15 minutes!

Keep in mind: if you have an extremely dirty microwave, it may take you longer. To avoid the extra elbow grease, clean up more often and after every major microwave explosion!


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I graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Communication. Photography and writing have both always been a passion of mine. I love sharing and hearing stories, both are such great ways to do so! In my free time, I love to drink coffee and hang out with my dogs. I have a great big German Shepherd and a tiny Porkie (Pomeranian & Yorkie).

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