From splattered particles that could flake off onto your food to smudges that make your kitchen look messy, a dirty microwave can become an annoyance. Select the topics below to learn how to clean every part of your microwave, inside and out.

How to clean the inside of a microwave

Clean the interior about once a week, or more often as splatters develop.

Step 1: Soften heavy build-up (optional)
Heat 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe container for 3 to 4 minutes. The steam will help loosen up grime.

Step 2: Clean your microwave with dish soap
Wipe the interior with a soft cloth dipped in water and a little dish soap.  On stainless steel models, rub in the direction of the metal’s grain.

Step 3: Rinse and dry
Rinse the microwave with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Cleaning tip: On select Whirlpool® microwaves, you can use the Steam Clean setting to skip scrubbing when you’re cleaning the interior. Just put 1 cup of water in the microwave, press the Steam Clean button, and wipe up with a damp sponge or paper towel when it’s done.

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How to deodorize a microwave

If you’ve ever burned popcorn or reheated fish, you know how long it can take to get a smell out of the microwave. Get your microwave smelling fresh with common household ingredients.

Step 1: Clean microwave with vinegar or lemon juice
Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar in a microwave-safe container. Heat for 2-5 minutes.

Step 2: Wipe clean
Wipe the interior with a sponge or paper towel.

Washing a microwave turntable in the bottom rack of a dishwasher

How to wash a microwave turntable

Your microwave turntable gets a lot of use. Take care of spills and splatter regularly to keep your microwave looking clean.

Step 1: Start with a cool turntable
Let your turntable cool completely before cleaning. A warm or hot turntable may shatter if put in water.

Step 2: Wash by hand or in the dishwasher
To wash by hand, use soapy water and a non-abrasive scouring pad or dish cloth. To wash in the dishwasher, check your microwave manual to see if your turntable is dishwasher-safe. If so, you can wash it in the bottom rack.

Step 3: Dry and replace the turntable
Dry the turntable and replace it immediately after cleaning. Do not use the microwave oven without the turntable in place.

A microwave control panel with a control lock

How to clean the outside of a microwave

It's easy to clean up the everyday smudges, fingerprints and grease that keep your microwave from looking its best. 

Step 1: Turn on the control lock (optional)
On some microwaves with touch controls, you can turn on the control lock to avoid accidentally activating buttons while you clean.

Step 2: Wipe and dry exterior
Use dish soap and water or appliance cleaner on a soft cloth or sponge. If you have glass controls, you can use a glass cleaner instead. Dry with a soft cloth and turn the control lock off.

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