How to clean and disinfect the microwave with just vinegar and water.

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5 easy step to clean and disinfect your microwave with just vinegar and water.
Things You'll Need

Microwave safe bowl ( I used a large glass measuring cup)

Sponge

Paper towels
1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar
1 cup of water
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1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar
1 cup of water
Step 1: Pour vinegar and water into a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl.
Step 2: Place measuring cup or bowl in the microwave and heat it until boiling; this will vary by microwave. Its best to keep a close eye on it as it begins to boil. Over boiling may cause excess steam to build up causing the microwav
Step 3: Allow the measuring cup or bowl to remain in the microwave for approximately five minutes so that the steam can accumulate inside the oven.
Step 4: Carefully open and remove the measuring cup or bowl .Wipe the inside of the microwave clean with a damp sponge. For stubborn stains dipping your sponge in the remaining vinegar and water mixture (careful not to burn yourself )
Step 5: Dry with a paper towel

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  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    on Jun 6, 2017

    Hi!! Please don't think I'm being critical!! I learned the hard way! Heating vinegar in a microwave releases dangerous fumes. The easiest way to do this is boil the water first then add room temper vinegar to the sponge to clean & disinfect
    • Kiran
      Kiran
      on Jul 23, 2020

      Vinegar is 5% acetic acid boiling it will dissociate it simply The equation for the dissociation of acetic acid, for example, is CH3CO2H + H2O ⇄ CH3CO2− + H3O+. so no gas fumes of acetate ion are vinegary smell not dangerous at all!!


  • Brenda Lahey
    Brenda Lahey
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Hi there. Really needed this tip so a big, 'thank you'. However, I am just wondering about someone's comment regarding dangerous fumes coming from the vinegar. Is this true?

  • Thomasina Crocker
    Thomasina Crocker
    on Feb 3, 2019

    Yes i will try. How often should i do this? I just clean with dish liquid n water

    • Manny
      Manny
      on Mar 24, 2019

      It takes more effort with soap and odors don’t go away that easy. I will try this vinegar trick ;)

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  • Joanie
    Joanie
    on Dec 29, 2019

    I wipe my microwave out EVERYDAY.......not OCD, just easier for me, as I wipe the stove top and vent all off. Thanks anyway!

  • MATTIE HYDE
    MATTIE HYDE
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I just put a wet sponge in the microwave for a minute. Then use the sponge to clean the microwave. Have to wear heat gloves because the sponge is HOT.

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