You can use a vinegar and water solution in a microwave safe bowl to steam clean your microwave.
3 minutes (preparing)
7 minutes (waiting)
10 minutes total
- a microwaveable bowl or glass measuring cup
- a toothpick or lolly stick
- a sponge
Fill a microwaveable bowl with 2 cups of water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Drop a toothpick or lolly stick into the bowl of water to help keep the water from boiling out over the edges of the bowl.
Caution: Liquids can get super-heated in a microwave and “explode”. It isn’t common, but it can happen. Bubbles can’t form on a smooth surface, so if you’re microwaving liquid in a perfectly smooth container no bubbles will form (i.e. the liquid won’t boil) until it is jostled.
This can cause it to “explode” into boiling when you open the microwave or try to move the bowl. However; most consumer bowls and cups are not perfectly smooth. Even things lthat feel smooth to the touch still have minor imperfections in the surface that allow bubbles to form.
The turntable in the microwave should agitate the liquid enough to allow it to boil while the bowl rotates in the microwave. But it never hurts to be safe, so drop a toothpick or lolly stick in your bowl; bubbles will be able to form on the wood, causing the water to boil without exploding.
Put the bowl in the microwave, shut the door, and run the microwave on high for 5 minutes.
When the timer goes off, don’t open the microwave right away. Leave the door shut for 2-3 more minutes to let the steam continue to work. The steam will help loosen up caked on food, and the vinegar will help eliminate any odors.
When you open the door, be careful pulling the bowl out; it will be very hot! Remove the turntable tray (carefully, it will be hot as well) and wash it in the sink.
Take your sponge and wipe down the inside of the microwave; the dirt and food will come right off!
Of course you could always call our sister company OvenKing and have them clean it for you 😉