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How often you should clean your microwave — and the right way to do it

If your microwave looks anything like ours, there are plenty of remnants from last night's (and last week's) meals.

While there isn't a hard rule on how often you need to clean the microwave, it's wise to give it a wipe down once a week — or when splatters are on the interior (we're looking at your, spaghetti sauce). Fortunately, cleaning the microwave is a breeze, if you follow these two tips from green cleaning expert Leslie Reichert.

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Materials needed

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Damp sponge or microfiber cloth


  1. Place the water and vinegar in a bowl and microwave on high until the mixture comes to a rolling boil and the window steams up.
  2. Allow the microwave to cool for a few minutes, then wipe the interior down with the sponge or cloth.

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Don't forget to clean the keypad while you're at it! All you need to do is wipe it with a cloth dampened with warm, soapy water.

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