How To Clean Your Microwave Without Scrubbing


Discover how to completely clean your microwave without scrubbing! All that caked on food and grease are no match for this super easy cleaning hack.

The microwave and the oven are two areas in the kitchen that get messy quick. Not only are they easy to get messy, but they can also be difficult to clean. So, today I’m sharing a simple trick for cleaning your microwave and stove with little or no scrubbing.

scrub free microwave cleaning

My Favorite Microwave Cleaning Hack

This trick comes in handy pretty much anytime I let my kids microwave or cook anything. It doesn’t matter what they are cooking, it will end up everywhere. A bag of popcorn leaves butter covering the microwave. Noodles boil over and burn on the stove. Both of these are a nightmare to clean up, but not anymore.

A cup of water inside the microwave

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How to Clean Your Microwave Without Scrubbing

To make your microwave squeaky clean in 5 minutes all you need is water and white vinegar.


Wiping down the inside of a dirty microwave


Just follow these three simple steps and you’ll effortlessly clean out your microwave.

1. Place water and vinegar in the microwave

Place a cup with water and vinegar in the microwave. Heat the vinegar and water in the microwave for 4 minutes.

2. Let the cup cool

Let the cup cool for 1 minute before removing. Be careful it’s hot.

3. Wipe the microwave out with a cloth

Wipe the grease and crude away with a paper towel or cloth. Step back and watch your microwave sparkle.

scrub free microwave cleaning - a sparkling clean microwave

Reuse the cleaning water to clean your stove

When you are all done don’t toss out the hot water. Instead, use it to clean the stove top.

Squirt some dish soap over the stove top, then pour the vinegar water over it. 

Next, sprinkle about 1/2 cup baking soda over the stove and let sit for 5 minutes. Use the back of a sponge to scrub the stove. To clean up the baking soda, use a wet towel to wipe off the stove.

scrub free microwave cleaning

Now stand back and stare at your sparkling stove and microwave that was cleaned from start to finish in less than 15 minutes with minimal elbow grease.

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  1. I have been using lemon with cleaning my microwave. Thanks for sharing Carrie! Will try it out for sure 🙂 By the way, what kind of vinegar do you use? does it get rid off the smell as well?

    1. Hi Emmerey, Rachel used white vinegar. She doesn’t specifically mention it in her tutorial, but I would think vinegar would help to deodorize smells from a stinky microwave too. Give it a try and let us know if it works!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!! I am doing some spring cleaning this week here in Tucson, AZ and will totally use this. We are also doing some professional carpet cleaning which I am super excited about haha. Thanks again!!!

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