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How to Clean a Microwave Inside and Out

How to Clean a Microwave Inside and Out

How to Clean a Microwave Inside and Out

From splattered particles that could flake off onto your food to smudges that make your kitchen look messy, a dirty microwave can become an annoyance. Select the topics below to learn how to clean every part of your microwave, inside and out.

How to Clean the Inside of a Microwave

Clean the interior about once a week, or more often as splatters develop.

Step 1: Soften Heavy Build-up (Optional)
Heat 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe container for 3 to 4 minutes. The steam will help loosen up grime.

Step 2: Clean Your Microwave With Dish Soap
Wipe the interior with a soft cloth dipped in water and a little dish soap. On stainless steel models, rub in the direction of the metal’s grain.

Step 3: Rinse and Dry
Rinse the microwave with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Cooking tip: On select Ariston microwaves, you can use the Auto Clean setting to skip scrubbing when you’re cleaning the interior. Just put 1 cup of water in the microwave, press the Auto Clean button, and wipe up with a damp sponge or paper towel when it’s done.

How to Deodorize a Microwave

If you’ve ever burned popcorn or reheated fish, you know how long it can take to get a smell out of the microwave. Get your microwave smelling fresh with common household ingredients.

Step 1: Clean Microwave With Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar in a microwave-safe container. Heat for 2-5 minutes.

Step 2: Wipe Clean
Wipe the interior with a sponge or paper towel.

How to Wash a Microwave Turntable

Your microwave turntable gets a lot of use. Take care of spills and splatter regularly to keep your microwave looking clean.

Step 1: Start with a Cool Turntable
Let your turntable cool completely before cleaning. A warm or hot turntable may shatter if put in water.

Step 2: Wash by Hand or in the Dishwasher
To wash by hand, use soapy water and a non-abrasive scouring pad or dish cloth. To wash in the dishwasher, check your microwave manual to see if your turntable is dishwasher-safe. If so, you can wash it in the bottom rack.

Step 3: Dry and Replace the Turntable
Dry the turntable and replace it immediately after cleaning. Do not use the microwave oven without the turntable in place.

How to Clean the Outside of a Microwave

It's easy to clean up the everyday smudges, fingerprints and grease that keep your microwave from looking its best.

Step 1: Turn On the Child Lock (Optional)
On some microwaves with touch controls, you can turn on the child lock to avoid accidentally activating buttons while you clean.

Step 2: Wipe and Dry Exterior
Use dish soap and water or appliance cleaner on a soft cloth or sponge. If you have glass controls, you can use a glass cleaner instead. Dry with a soft cloth and turn the control lock off.