How to Steam Clean a Microwave with Wet Paper Towels

If you aren't good about wiping up spills and splatters in your microwave right away, the food can get cooked onto the interior surfaces. A little water and heat can loosen the cooked-on debris, making it easier to wipe away. Use this method to clean your microwave weekly, or to get rid of the most stubborn of food splatters.

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Steam helps get your microwave sparkling clean.

Step 1

Run water over three to four white paper towels, then bunch them together. Add a drop of dish soap to the top of the wet clump of towels.

Step 2

Place the towels in the microwave. Heat them on high power for 1 minute.

Step 3

Let the heated towels sit in the microwave for five minutes. The waiting time allows the steam to break down all those crusty food particles.

Step 4

Wipe down the inside of the microwave with steam-heated towels, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands. Use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad to get rid of any stubborn residue. Wipe a dry paper towel over the interior to remove the remaining moisture.