The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave

Taking food out of a clean microwave

Tired of battling all of the baked on food in your microwave? Well, guess what? You can finally put away all of the cleaners and elbow grease. Vinegar is the answer! Just fill a microwave-safe bowl with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, and nuke it for two minutes on high. Then, dip a sponge into the vinegar-water solution, and use it to wipe all that stuck-on food off of the walls of the microwave.

It'll come right off – no strong-arming required.

Why This Works

Heating the vinegar and water steams all of the food spatter off, while the acetic acid in the vinegar sanitizes and deodorizes your microwave. You've heard of steam cleaning carpet; well, this is steam cleaning for your microwave. And it's so effective, you may just find yourself cleaning your microwave more often.

Benefits of Cleaning with Vinegar

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals or fumes
  • effective sanitizer
  • removes odors, rather than covering them up
  • environmentally-friendly


1) The vinegar-water solution will be very hot after heating. Wear gloves, or use an oven mitt to protect your hands.

More Ways with Vinegar

If you still have vinegar left over after cleaning your microwave, use it to cut through the grease on your stove top and kitchen cabinets and the oily fingerprints on your stainless steel appliances. Vinegar is an excellent degreaser.

Hot vinegar is even better.

But don't put that vinegar bottle away just yet. Use it to clean your kitchen and your bathrooms from top to bottom, to dust your furniture and to wash your windows. Then, use it clean and freshen your drains, to wash your laundry and to deep clean your carpet. Once you discover vinegar's hidden cleaning power, you'll find that you have very little use for all of those pricey store-bought cleaners.


Here's everything you need to know to start cleaning with vinegar. There's even a tip on how to make vinegar smell better, if you aren't a fan of its natural scent.

After you've tested out all of vinegar's cleaning abilities, be sure to check out these other uses for vinegar. It really is versatile stuff. No household should be without a bottle (or two).

Trying to Green Up Your Cleaning Routine?

Be sure to check out my article on cleaning with baking soda. That box of baking soda sitting in your pantry has just as many uses as vinegar. And when you combine the two together, there are very few messes you can't tackle.

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