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How to Clean a Microwave with Windex

Hand holding rag and spray bottle, cleaning the front of a microwave

When you go to clean any appliance, you have to be careful not to mix ammonia with any other cleaner. The resulting combination tends to create a very poisonous and harmful gas.

The reason we mention this is that Windex and other window cleaners contain ammonia. When cleaning your microwave, you do not want to use anything else than just the window cleaner.

To learn how to clean your microwave with Windex or some other window cleaner, just continue to read our article. It has the information you want to know about so you can use this product when you are out of all the other options.

Using Windex to Clean Your Microwave

Bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels laying on a blue background

Rule 1.

Do not mix Windex with any other cleaner. This needs to be repeated so that you do not forget and make a mistake. A microwave is an enclosed space, and you have to get close to the appliance to clean it.

When you do that your chances of breathing in the gas go up.

Step 1: Get a microwave-safe bowl and squirt some Windex into it. You should pump or squirt about 10 times.

Step 2: Add in 1 cup of water and mix well. It does not have to be hot, warm, or even cold. Just use one cup of water.

Step 3: Once the mixture is ready, spray the inside of the microwave with pure Windex. Get all the way around and make sure to cover those tough stains. Let soak for a minute or two.

Step 4: Place the bowl with the water and Windex mixture onto the platter and place it in the center. Then close the door.

Hand placing blue bowl into a microwave

Step 5: When all that is done, turn the temperature setting to maximum or high and then the timer to 5 minutes. Press start and let the microwave clean itself.

Step 6: Once the timer has finished, do not open the door right away. Wait about 5 more minutes to let any steam continue to rise from the bowl and attach to the microwave walls.

Step 7: Remove the bowl when that time period is over and be careful, it may still be hot. After the bowl is out, remove the platter and ring and use a wet paper towel to wipe it down. Let dry or dry it with another paper towel. You can use a clean cloth as well.

Step 8: When you are finished with the platter, wipe down the inside of the microwave. Don’t forget to get the floor and the ceiling of the appliance as you wipe. Then dry it, in the same manner, you dried the platter.

Step 9: Rinse well and dry again, and when dry put the platter back in its proper place. and you are done.

Rule 2.

Hand wearing purple glove spraying window cleaner on window

You can use any type of window cleaner as long as it has ammonia in it. Windex is not your only choice, but it works.

Why Use Windex to Clean Your Microwave

There are several good reasons why you turn to Windex to get this appliance clean again. One, it is a multi-surface cleanser that can handle any material your microwave interior is made of.

Two, it is usually a streak-free cleaner that leaves your microwave looking great both inside and outside.

Three, Windex will clean the outside of your microwave as well, so you do not have to invest in a lot of commercial products to get your appliance clean.

Hand using blue rag to clean microwave oven door

Four, Windex’s formula is designed to kill 99.9% of the household germs and bacteria that can plague appliances. Getting your microwave germ-free is the way to have healthy meals and drinks.

Finally, Windex will leave behind a nice fresh lemony scent that will appeal to your and your family’s noses.

Rule 3.

Make sure to keep Windex out of the reach of young children. If they get any in their eyes you will have to hold their eyes open and flush for about 15 to 20 minutes. Just do the flushing gently

Rule 4.

For best results, do not use Windex when the microwave’s surface is either very hot or very cold

Some Final Words

Grocery store shelf with different types of Windex lined up on the shelf

One nice thing about cleaning kitchens is that there are so many products you can use to get rid of dirt and grime. When you are out of one, there is always a second and third or even a fourth or fifth choice to use. Windex kills germs so it is effective and easy to use.

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