How to clean a microwave in 3 simple steps

Need advice on how to clean a microwave inside and out? From full meal preparation to reheating leftovers, many of us rely on our microwaves daily. With heavy use, they can quickly harbour spills, stains and unpleasant odours.

How often should you clean a microwave?

'Microwaves need to be cleaned regularly to maintain the appliance and ensure that food continues tasting exactly as it should,' says Victoria Miller, small appliance expert at

To remove bacteria build-up and keep strong smells at bay, the experts recommend you deep clean your microwave once a week to over three to four weeks. If you heat up a lot of messy foods (such as those prone to spillages), you may need to clean it more often – and you should always aim to wipe up spillages or crumbs after every use. Without consistent cleaning, food will harden inside the microwave and it will become more difficult to clean.

Before you begin a thorough clean, the cleaning materials and tools you will need include:

Follow the simple steps below on how to clean a microwave:

Step 1: Wipe the inside

To clean your microwave, first remove the turntable and wash it by hand using dish soap and hot water. Then, using a scrub brush or cloth remove any food debris or other discolouration inside.

'Start by wiping out any looser food residue with a warm damp cloth and some detergent; washing-up liquid works well,' saysRosie Clarke, Product Training Manager at Miele GB. 'Be careful not to use too much water though, as this can damage the appliance.'

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Step 2: Deep clean the inside

Creating a steamy environment in your microwave will help to loosen any stubborn food messes inside and cut through grime. Depending on what you prefer, you can either clean your microwave using lemon or white vinegar.

How to clean a microwave in 3 simple steps

'A quick and easy method for cleaning your microwave is to fill a small microwave-safe bowl with water and a tablespoon of white vinegar (you can also use lemon juice). Then, put your microwave on high for five minutes to loosen any hardened grime,' explains Victoria.

Once the time is up, carefully remove the dish and let it cool down for another five minutes. Next, wipe the interior down with a wet paper towel or reusable dish cloth. Thanks to high heat levels, any grease, tough stains, and stubborn food splatters will easily wipe away.

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Step 3: Wipe the outside

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Don't forget to wipe the outside of your microwave. Spray the exterior with a water and vinegar solution, before wiping it down with a microfibre kitchen cloth. Long-term exposure to certain cleaning products can damage a stainless steel microwave, so always opt for a natural solution if you can.

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