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4 Steps to Steam Cleaning Your Microwave with Vinegar

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of hand in protective glove wiping rag microwave. View from the interior of the oven Grab a microfiber cloth and begin wiping down the inside of your appliance

4 Steps to Steam Cleaning Your Microwave with Vinegar

Failure to clean an appliance can lead to a house fire. When grease builds up in the vent grill, and other oils have been allowed to solidify, it is not uncommon for the heat of a microwave to cause a spark and ignite into a full-blown grease fire. Therefore, to prevent the need for fire mitigation services in Big Pine Key, FL, consider cleaning your appliance routinely, especially when there is a noticeable smoke smell. There is a simple four-step method you can use with vinegar.

  1. Prep
  2. Heat
  3. Wipe
  4. Shine


To prepare for this cleaning method, you will need one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water. Combine the water and vinegar into one container or bowl that is safe to use in microwaves. Then, place a wooden spoon into the liquid and put everything in the unit.


Next, you will want to set the timer for five to ten minutes on high-power, depending on the wattage of your appliance. The higher the wattage, the less time required. Once the timer is up, use an oven mitt and remove the bowl carefully. The liquid will be extremely hot and can burn you quickly if spilled. With any luck, the smoke smell has been replaced with the smell of vinegar.


Once the bowl or container is removed, you can grab a microfiber cloth and begin wiping down the inside of your appliance. The steam should have made the area wet so any splatters and spills wipe away quickly without the need for scrubbing.


Finally, once the inside is clean, use the microfiber cloth to wipe down the outside of the machine. If the remnants of the steam are not enough to clean the outside, you can pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the cloth.
Cleaning appliances is a necessary part of routine maintenance. If you have a microwave producing a smoke smell, then consider cleaning it. You can also reach out to a fire mitigation company for more tips and tricks for appliance maintenance.