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How To Clean A Microwave


Microwaves are great for quickly heating up food. But, they get filthy even faster. Thankfully, with Dawn® you can clean all your microwave’s messes and splatters in a snap. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be cooking in no time.

1. Remove Removable Pieces.

Take out any removable pieces from inside of the microwave, including the glass plate and rack and wash them by hand. For best results, use Dawn.

Hands removing glass tray from microwave hand squeezing soapy sponge above soapy water bowl and hand cleaning microwave glass tray with sponge

2. Start with the Crumbs.

Use a damp cloth or paper towel and remove any big food chunks or loose crumbs from inside the microwave.

Hand wiping out microwave with paper towel and hand wiping inside of microwave with soapy sponge

3. Lather Up.

Apply a squirt of Dawn into a bowl of warm water, then dip the sponge in. Squeeze the sponge until suds form. The cleaning agents in Dawn absorb grease just as well in microwaves as they do on dishes.

4. Wash Microwave Inside and Out.

Beginning with the interior, wipe down the top of the microwave in a circular manner. Next, move to the sides and bottom, while avoiding the vents. Wash the exterior in a similar manner, but go easy around the buttons. You don’t want to reset the clock.

5. Wipe Down the Microwave.

Using a slightly damp rag, wipe down the microwave interior and exterior in the same circular motion until no suds remain.

6. Dry Surfaces.

Using a fresh paper towel, dry all surfaces. This will prevent streaking.

Hand drying outside of microwave with paper towel and hand placing glass tray into microwave

7. Reinstall Removable Pieces.

Reassemble your microwave tray and any removable pieces that you had clean and set aside. Nice job. Time for a snack. Who wants some microwave popcorn?