How To Clean a Microwave with Vinegar

What You’ll Need

  • Small microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup
  • Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Clean, dry dish towel or cleaning rag


  1. Measure the water and the vinegar: Measure about 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl.
  2. Microwave for 5 minutes: Place the bowl in the microwave. Microwave on high power for 5 minutes so the liquid comes to a boil.
  3. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes: Do not open the microwave door right away; the steam trapped inside will help loosen food gunk. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the bowl and turntable: Open the door and carefully remove the measuring cup or bowl. If your microwave has a turntable, carefully lift it out as well.
  5. Use a sponge to wipe your microwave clean: Wipe the inside of the microwave clean, starting with the ceiling and the sides — and don’t forget the door!
  6. Wipe the turntable: If you took it out, wipe down the turntable with your sponge and put it back in.
  7. Use a clean dish towel to give your microwave a final wipe-down. Go over the whole microwave — ceiling, sides, door, turntable — with your dish towel and you’re ready to go!
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