I decided to try the “No Effort Microwave Cleaner” that you can see on Pinterest literally everywhere. It worked great but I would add some serious warnings (so be sure to read all the details) on using this steaming vinegar and lemon method.

Time: 15Minutes Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy

My microwave had totally been neglected.... sorry for the grossness!

easiest way to clean a microwave

Into the mug, I measured half a cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, and a couple tablespoons of lemon juice.  For the record, I just eye balled it.  Seriously, it’s the ratio more than the actual measurements that counts.

easiest way to clean a microwave

Then I put the mug in the microwave, set the time for five minutes and pushed “Start”.

easiest way to clean a microwave

After five minutes, USE A HOT PAD and reach in to retrieve the mug. 

Keep the hot liquid, but put it off to the side.

Pull out the glass rotator dish, and the ring thingy with wheels on it. 

Grab your bartender rag and start wiping, starting at the top so you don't have to re-do any of the bottom section later.

As you can see, stuff wiped off pretty easy.  

BUT, here is my second warning:  The microwave is going to be full of fumes.  Like, you might pass out they are so bad.  Just take a breather every minute or so and you’ll be fine.

easiest way to clean a microwave

There was a spot at the front of the microwave that was a bit stubborn.  I dipped the rag in the hot water/vinegar/lemon juice mix and mildly scrubbed the spot away.


Then I continued to use the hot mix on the outside of the microwave too.  It cut through the grease on the buttons and made the stainless steel sparkle.

easiest way to clean a microwave

Scrub the plate with some soap and water at your sink, reassemble it all, and it's done!

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Material I used for this project:

  • Microwavable Dish   (Wal Mart)
  • Water   (Sink)
  • White Distilled Vinegar   (Wal Mart)
  • Lemon Juice (or half a lemon)   (Wal Mart)
  • Sponge or white bartender rag   (Wal Mart)
  • Pot Holder   (Wal Mart)