Microwaves can go from sparkling clean to messy quite easily. Unlike the dishes you put into it, you can’t really wash the microwave itself. The key to keeping it clean is maintaining it regularly, and the good news is that you can do it with supplies readily available in your house. To clean a microwave, you’ll need to tackle the job from the inside as well as from the outside. Don’t worry, as we’ve outlined just how you can do that right here.

Cleaning the microwave from inside

Since this is where most of the action happens, the inside of your microwave can get a bit roughed up after a while. Follow these steps to get it cleaned in no time.


  1. In a microwave-friendly bowl, mix one cup of water with a few (2-3) tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar. If you don’t have either, you can substitute the vinegar with juice from lemon, lime, or orange slices.
  2. Put it in the microwave and turn it on. Set it to high power until the mixture boils up and the window starts to steam.
  3. Let it rest for about five minutes before removing the bowl. Clean the inside with a sponge.
  4. If the turntable is removable, take it out to wash it. Otherwise, you can use baking soda to absorb bad odour and clean it routinely.

Cleaning the microwave from the outside

In the kitchen environment, it is quite normal for the microwave’s exterior to be subject to smudges and grease as well. Here’s how to clean that up.

  1. Dampen a sponge and then dip it in a little bit of baking soda. Use this to clean the gasket around the door. Once you’re done, wipe clean with a dampened cloth.
  2. Use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar to tackle the door. Use a sponge to clean it, then rinse the sponge and wipe the door dry. For heavy grease, replace the mixture with dishwashing liquid.

Keep it clean

Once you've cleaned it thoroughly and it looks brand new, it is your responsibility to help it stay that way. Know the right cooking and heating times for every dish you put in there and clean it regularly. To go even further along the hassle-free route, opt for easy to heat-and-eat meals like Tata Q, that offer you all the nutrition of a complete meal without all the hard work of preparing for one. It also saves you effort on clean-up - making it the best of both worlds.

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