Bob Vila Radio: Microwave Steam Cleaning

It's a fact of life that microwaves get dirty over time. When it's time to give yours a wipe-down, follow these steps to make this workhouse appliance sparkling clean and fresh-smelling.

The best way to keep your microwave clean is to wipe it down after every use. But that doesn’t always happen—you’re in a rush, or the kids make themselves a snack and leave a mess behind. Before you know it, you’ve got caked-on food on the carousel, the walls, and even the top of the oven.

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Microwave Steam Cleaning

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Before you start scrubbing with a chemical cleanser that could end up in your next serving of pasta, try grandma’s best cleaning product. Sponge on a paste of baking soda and vinegar, then wipe down the appliance interior with four tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in warm water. Finally, wipe with plain water.

For a steam cleaning that leaves your microwave fresh as well as clean, squeeze the juice of two lemons into a microwave-safe bowl, then add the rinds and two cups of water. Microwave on high until the water comes to an active boil. Turn the oven off but leave it closed, with the bowl inside, for ten minutes. After that, remove the bowl, wipe down the interior, and wash the carousel.

You’ll be left with a microwave that’s not only sparkles, but also smells fresh and lemony.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.