Microwaves have been a practical and common kitchen appliance for many years now.
Their capacity to reheat food is what makes them popular mostly for people who are always in a rush.
Just place your preferred food on the turntable, click the magic button, then voila! Your cold food is now ready to eat.
But unfortunately, as reliable as microwaves are, they are vulnerable to getting smelly and dirty due to food residues.
So if you’re using your microwave frequently, don’t be surprised if one day you opened it and a bad smell comes out.
But don’t worry as you don’t need expensive detergents to clean your precious microwave.
Baking soda will do the trick. If you’re curious about how to do that, read on.
I will tell you all the secrets about how you can clean a microwave with baking soda.
How to clean microwave with baking soda
When using baking soda to clean a microwave, you have two options. Either apply the baking soda directly inside the microwave to remove sticky and greasy food residues. Or you can microwave the baking soda solution to remove smelly but not so sticky food residues. Either way, you have to wear gloves to protect your hands. And always remember to wipe your microwave dry before plugging it in to avoid short circuit.
How can I clean microwave by directly applying baking soda?
This procedure is highly effective if your microwave has either dirt or grease that is clingy and difficult to clean.
First, remove the turntable and its ring to focus your cleaning on the inside of your microwave.
You can separately clean the turntable after by using your usual dishwashing soap.
Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom of your microwave.
Using hot water, soak your microfiber cloth or lint-free cloth, then gently scrub the inside of your microwave.
Make sure to clean the sidewalls, as well as the top and bottom parts.
Using another clean cloth, wipe all the baking soda residues with hot water.
Soak the cloth again and wipe the inside of your microwave to make sure no residue will remain.
Dry the inside with a dry microfiber or lint-free cloth.
Now you can return the cleaned turntable and support ring.
How can I clean microwave by using a baking soda solution?
One way to effectively clean your microwave is to microwave a baking soda solution.
This procedure is effective (even though no scrubbing is required) if your microwave has funky smells but is not too dirty.
In a microwavable bowl or container, mix two tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water. You will then have a baking soda solution.
Note: Never use a metal container or bowl as this can lead to dangerous sparks.
Microwave the baking soda solution for three minutes.
This will allow the solution to warm and evaporate, which will absorb the smelly odor from the microwave, and loosen any grease or food residue.
Let the bowl/container sit inside for 10-15 minutes.
Using a potholder, remove the bowl/container inside.
Let the microwave cool first before wiping it with a dampened lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth with water.
Make sure to thoroughly wipe the sidewalls, and the top part to make sure no baking soda traces will be left.
Let it air dry by leaving the microwave door open.
How to clean greasy and dirty microwave doors?
It’s not just the inside of your microwave that needs care and cleaning, even its doors need to be cleaned from time to time.
To do this you will need a sponge damped in water with baking soda, then gently scrub the microwave’s door.
Lastly, wipe it clean with water using a microfiber or lint-free cloth.
How can I eliminate tough smell from my microwave?
If you have tried baking soda and water but it doesn’t help to get the smell out of your microwave, use lemon.
To do this, just regularly clean your microwave with baking soda first.
In the end, place a sliced lemon (in half) on your microwave’s turntable, then microwave it for one minute.
After that, wipe the inside with a lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth.
The lemon will act as an organic cleaner which will also leave your microwave smelling great.
Can I use commercial cleaners as a faster way to clean my dirty and smelly microwave?
No one’s stopping you from doing this.
But take note, even though commercial cleaners are effective, most of them will leave a strong, chemical smell in your microwave that may leave an unpleasant taste on your food.
After all, you don’t want your food to taste like chemicals, right?
Can I use paper towels for wiping instead of lint-free or microfiber cloth?
Paper towels are more convenient than microfiber cloths but it is a mistake to use them.
Paper towels can leave loose particles that will get stuck on your microwave which may cause an explosion down the road.
Can I alternatively use vinegar to eliminate grease in my microwave?
If you don’t have any baking soda or you can’t find any in nearby stores, you can alternatively use vinegar.
Although baking soda is more effective, the vinegar alternative is better than nothing.
Just halfway fill a microwavable bowl or container with water and add one to two tablespoons of white vinegar.
Microwave it for five minutes to loosen the grease and funky odor.
Using a potholder, take out the bowl or container, let the microwave cool down first before finally wiping the inside with a microfiber cloth or lint-free cloth.
The more often you use your microwave, the more it should be cleaned to avoid sticky dirt and smelly food residues.
Always wipe the sidewalls and top to bottom. Make sure all areas are cleaned before leaving them to dry.
Ensure your microwave is completely dry before plugging it to be used.
Use a microfiber or lint-free cloth to avoid fabric residues inside your microwave that can get into your food.
Use a microwavable bowl or container when heating something in the microwave and never use metal things and you should be grand!