How to Clean a Microwave Oven With Vinegar

The microwave has been a useful appliance in the American home since about 1970, according to the American Heritage website. The American housewife adapted to the use of a microwave oven as an important addition to the kitchen by learning how to cook meat, vegetables and even desserts in a microwave. The way microwave ovens heat food, however, often causes food to splatter, which means microwaves need regular cleaning. Ordinary household products clean a microwave as well as purchased cleaning products made for kitchen use; so next time you clean your microwave, try this vinegar solution.

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A microwave that gets used needs occasional cleaning.

Step 1

Mix ½ cup water and ½ cup white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, recommends Colorado State University Food Science Extension Service. Other websites recommend different proportions, but this is an easy mixture to remember.

Step 2

Place the solution in your microwave and turn the microwave on "high" for 2 minutes. The vinegar water mixture will boil, but do not let it boil dry.

Step 3

Leave the bowl without opening the microwave for 15 minutes. The steam from the vinegar water will soften any food particles.

Step 4

Open the microwave and remove the bowl. Wipe the sides and top of the microwave oven with a sponge or dishcloth to remove all baked-on food.

Step 5

Repeat once a week to keep the microwave clean and odor-free. This is an economical, safe way to clean the microwave oven.


Linda Richard

Linda Richard has been a legal writer and antiques appraiser for more than 25 years, and has been writing online for more than 12 years. Richard holds a bachelor's degree in English and business administration. She has operated a small business for more than 20 years. She and her husband enjoy remodeling old houses and are currently working on a 1970s home.