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How to Clean a Microwave with a Sponge

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Your microwave doesn’t have to be really dirty to get cleaned. Regular cleaning times will help avoid those stubborn stains and food particles from piling up on you and creating a mess. When you do regular cleaning, each cleaning time will be easy and quick.

The way to clean your microwave is to create a nice cleaning schedule. That way it won’t be forgotten when you clean your other appliances. Keeping to a regular schedule will free up more of your time.

To learn how to clean a microwave with a sponge just continue to read our article. It has the tips and guidelines you need to do the job right the first time.

How to Clean Your Microwave with a Sponge

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The steps to this process are not that hard or complicated. The first one is to find a non-abrasive and soft sponge. You do not want to use a scouring pad as that tough cleaning tool can scratch the ceramic or enamel finish inside your microwave.

Foam rubber will work and also, you do not want a harsh cleanser either. Stick to a little soap and water to protect your appliance. Next, you will need to moisten the sponge with a little warm water.

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Warm water is good as it does not make your hand cold and hot water may burn your hand. Then the sponge does not have to be soaking wet. Wring it out if you go a little too far with the moistening.

When the sponge is ready, drop a couple or three drops of dishwashing liquid onto the sponge and work it in. You will want to foam it up nice and thick in order to have some great cleaning action.

Once, the sponge is ready, place it inside the microwave onto the center of the revolving plate. Close the door and turn the power down to minimum. Don’t go the other way to the maximum as you may melt the sponge.

Purple gloved hand cleaning inside of a black microwave with a yellow sponge

When you have the appliance ready, turn it on and wait about 30 to 40 seconds before turning it off again. The key to this process is to make sure the sponge does not melt. You are not done yet.

After the heating process is over, open the door and use the sponge to wipe away any dirt inside. Wipe every inch of the appliance making sure to get all the dirt. When you are done, take a similar sponge, wet it, and rinse the inside of the appliance until the soap is gone.

Once it is you are done.

Some Tips to Help You

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1. If your microwave is used frequently, make sure to use this process once a week. Regular cleaning avoids those issues where the microwave is so dirty no one wants to clean it.

2. To avoid grease and food build-up, it may be a good idea to cover the microwavable dishes with a cover to avoid bubbling and spilling. Preventing food spills is the best way to keep the appliance clean.

3. Another way to prevent stain build-up is to wipe the inside of the microwave after every use. This will get the food particles and grease before they set in and become a stubborn stain.

This is a smart move when food accidentally explodes during the cooking process.

Pasta and sauce exploded on the inside of a white microwave

4. If by chance this process does not work, use water in a bowl and medium power for about 1 to 2 hours. The steam from the water should loosen up those stains. Once the time frame is over, wash the steam soaked inside and get it free of those stains.

5. Never use any cleaning tool that has some metal in it. Even though the amount of metal is small that little bit will still ruin your microwave. Always use microwave-safe products even when cleaning the appliance.

6. You are not limited to using just soap. You can use vinegar, lemon, and baking soda mixed with water. Just moisten the sponge with those mixtures and follow the same steps.

Some Final Words

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Cleaning your microwave does not have to be a difficult chore. Just make sure to do it regularly so that the grease and dirt do not get worse and are harder to remove. Once those items are set, you may be in for a long chore trying to remove stubborn stains.

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