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How to Clean a Microwave Oven

Microwaves are quick and easy to use, but unfortunately they don't yet clean themselves.


  • Step 1: Use the clean, damp sponge to remove any crumbs or recent spills from the microwave.
  • TIP: You can help keep your microwave clean by wiping up any spills the minute they happen with soapy water and a clean cloth or sponge.
  • Step 2: Fill the microwavable bowl with two cups of water and place in the center of the oven.
  • Step 3: Heat the water in the oven for three minutes, or until it boils and produces steam.
  • TIP: If your microwave stinks, add half a cup of lemon juice to the water before boiling.
  • Step 4: Let the water cool and the steam loosen food particles for five minutes, then carefully remove the bowl.
  • Step 5: If your oven has a tray, remove it, wash it in soapy water, and set it aside to dry.
  • Step 6: Use a damp cloth to wipe the inside of your oven.
  • Step 7: Place the tray back in your oven.
  • Step 8: Spray the outside of your oven with the all-purpose kitchen spray and wipe it clean with the other damp cloth. Now you can go back to letting the oven do all the work for a while.
  • FACT: The power of microwaves to cook food was inadvertently discovered when a candy bar in Dr. Percy Spencer’s pocket melted during radar-related research.

You Will Need

  • A clean
  • damp sponge
  • A microwave-safe bowl
  • 2 c. water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Water
  • A damp cloth
  • 2 clean
  • dry cloths
  • And an all-purpose kitchen cleaner
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice

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