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How do I clean my microwave?

You have to clean your microwave monthly so that it lasts longer. In addition, a clean microwave is of course so fresh for defrosting, warming up or cooking food. On this page you can read how to clean your microwave and what you have to take into account.

Cleaning microwave

  • What are we going to do: clean a microwave.
  • How long does it take: 15 to 30 minutes.
  • What you need: 3 clean cloths, a soft brush, a bucket, detergent, lemon juice or cleaning vinegar, and a bowl that's microwave-safe.
  • What should I take into account: Some microwaves have a turntable and/or an oven rack that's suitable for the dishwasher. You can read in the manual whether this is also the case for your microwave.


Prepare the necessary cleaning items and view the amount of dirt in the microwave. In the case of stubborn stains or food residues, the dirt must first be soaked. Check in the manual beforehand whether the turntable and the oven rack can be put in the dishwasher. When this is so, you have to brush less.

Step 1: Soaking and soaking


When the dirt needs to be soaked first, you need to fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and a few drops of cleaning vinegar or lemon juice. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 5 to 10 minutes at maximum power. After this, the caked dirt has been soaked away and you can simply brush it away.

Note: the microwave is hot after it's been soaked. Let it cool down for a while before you get started.

Make soapy water

While the dirt is soaking, you can prepare soapy water that you can use to clean the inside and outside. Fill a bucket with warm water and detergent. You can also use a special microwave cleaner instead of soapy water.

Step 2: Cleaning the inside

After the dirt has been soaked away, you can start cleaning. First, you pull the plug of your freestanding microwave out of the socket. Next, you remove the turntable and any other loose parts from the microwave. Wipe them clean with soapy water and a cloth or put them in the dishwasher if they're suitable for this. After this, you can clean the inner walls of the microwave. After the dirt has been removed, you can wipe everything clean with a clean, damp cloth. Next, you dry everything with a dry cloth.

Step 3: Clean the outside

First, make sure the ventilation openings are dust-free. Use a soft brush to do this. Next, wipe the outer walls, the control panel, and the door of the microwave clean with soapy water and a clean cloth. Don't forget to clean the seal strips on the door. Here, dirt accumulates very easily. Clean the exterior with a damp cloth a second time. Next, you make sure everything is dry.


Your microwave is now spick and span again. Save yourself work by cleaning the microwave with a piece of paper towel after each use. This prevents dirt from accumulating. If you keep it up to date, you dont have to thoroughly clean the appliance as often.

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