How to Steam Clean a Microwave

Cleaning the microwave has to be my least favorite cleaning task ever. Well, that and cleaning the refrigerator, which is basically like cleaning a very large microwave. It’s very time-consuming and requires quite a bit of hard work to get all the grease off the ceiling. This amazing steam cleaning method is the only way I will clean the microwave from now on. It’s seems so much easier and very fast. The prep and quick wipe down afterwards don’t take very long at all. Here is how you do it:

  • First, wipe down the inside of the microwave of any loose crumbs. No need to do any scrubbing.
  • Next, fill up a microwave-safe bowl ¾ of the way up with tap water. Add 5-10 lemon slices to the water and squeeze some of the lemon juice into the bowl as well.
  • Put the bowl in the microwave and turn it on high. Then check it every few minutes to see if the water has started bowling, usually five minutes is a good amount to start off with.
  • When the water comes to a boil then you can stop the microwave but leave the bowl in there for a minute or two to allow the steam to build. Carefully remove the bowl of water.
  • After the steam has built up in the microwave, simply wipe down the interior sides and ceiling with a damp cloth and then with a dry cloth or a paper towel to get rid of any streaks. If you have a tray in your microwave, then remove that and clean that off as well.
  • Lastly, wipe down the outside of the microwave as well, especially clean up through greasy fingerprints on the keypad.


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