How to Clean a Microwave

Safely clean up food messes with these simple steps, and make your microwave clean again!


Microwaves are great for quickly heating up food. But, they get filthy even faster. Thankfully, with Dawn you can clean all your microwave’s messes and splatters in a snap. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be cooking in no time.

1. Remove Removable Pieces
Take out any removable pieces from inside of the microwave, including the glass plate and rack and wash them by hand. For best results, use a concentrated dish liquid like Dawn.

2. Start With the Crumbs
Use a damp cloth or paper towel and remove any big food chunks or loose crumbs from inside the microwave.

3. Lather Up
Apply a squirt of Dawn into a bowl of warm water, then dip the sponge in. Squeeze the sponge until suds form. The cleaning agents in Dawn absorb grease just as well in microwaves as they do on dishes.

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4. Wash Microwave Inside and Out
Beginning with the interior, wipe down the top of the microwave in a circular manner. Next, move to the sides and bottom, while avoiding the vents. Wash the exterior in a similar manner, but go easy around the buttons. You don’t want to reset the clock.

5. Wipe Down the Microwave
Using a slightly damp rag, wipe down the microwave interior and exterior in the same circular motion until no suds remain.

6. Dry Surfaces
Using a fresh paper towel, dry all surfaces. This will prevent streaking.

7. Reinstall Removable Pieces
Reassemble your microwave tray and any removable pieces that you had clean and set aside.

Nice job. Time for a snack. Who wants some microwave popcorn?

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