How to Clean a Microwave With Baking Soda

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In many homes across America, the microwave serves as the central source for cooking that quick snack or heating up leftovers. It's quick and convenient, but sometimes leaves behind a mess -- especially when busy teens or distracted adults forget to cover items properly. Small splatters may be overlooked until they build up into a greasy coating on the inside of the microwave. However, microwaves are almost as easy to clean as they are to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Soft cloth
  • Sponge
  • Basin
  • Mix 2 to 4 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. Mix to dissolve thoroughly.

  • Remove the turntable and glass plate from the microwave. Soak the glass plate in a basin with the baking soda and water solution while you clean the microwave.

  • Saturate a clean soft cloth or sponge with the solution of baking soda and water. Wring out the excess water to prevent dripping.

  • Wipe down the interior walls, floor and top of the oven with the baking soda and water solution. Rinse the cloth with water and wipe away the baking soda residue.

  • Scrub the glass plate lightly with a soft cloth to remove any remnants of food residue and rinse it clean with plain water. Wipe dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

  • Wipe down all parts of the turntable with a cloth saturated in the baking soda solution. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

  • Replace the turntable and glass plate in the microwave.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove stubborn stuck-on food particles by applying baking soda directly to a damp cloth and scrubbing the area.
  • Baking soda removes stains from tomato sauces, cuts grease and deodorizes, too.
  • Always allow the glass turntable to cool before cleaning.

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