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How To Clean A Microwave With Dish Soap

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Microwaves are renowned for quickly heating up cold food, boiling a cup of water and making popcorn. However they sure do get dirty quickly. Thankfully, you can clean a microwave with dish soap and wipe the mess and splatters away if a jiffy.

When you need to clean a microwave, then determining what approach to take is an important step. From chemicals to vinegar and lemon, we have the best methods for you to effectively clean up the burnt on food gunk.

For the dish soap microwave cleaning method, any dish soap will do, so if you have a personal preference than stick with that. If you’re looking for a recommendation, I use Unscented Aspen Clean Dish Soap because it has an A rating with the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Without further ado, lets get prepared to clean a microwave with dish soap.

Dish soap, rubber gloves, sponge and spray bottle. Everything you need to clean a microwave with dish soap.


  • Dish soap
  • Small container
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cleaning toothbrush, rag or sponge
  • Dry cloth or paper towels
  1. Remove detachable pieces. Take out any pieces that are not permanently fixed inside of the microwave. Hand wash the glass turntable plate and rack in the sink.
  2. Get the crumbs. A damp rag or paper towel will be best to sweep up any large chucks or loose crumbs that may be scattered inside the microwave.
  3. Activate the foam. Squirt a tablespoon of dish soap into a small bowl or container and then fill it up with warm water. Dip the brush, rag or sponge inside the bowl and work up a later to activate the foam.
    Foaming the cleaning agent will help lift the gunk and easily remove stubborn food mess. Dish soap has the power to cut through grease and grime, so the inside of a microwave should be an easy task.
  4. Clean microwave inside and outside. Begin on the interior, and work from top to bottom. Start with the ceiling of the microwave and gently scrub in a circular motion.
    Move down the sides, and wipe the vents with a damp rag to avoid splashing any liquid into the microwave vents. Work your way to the bottom of the microwave and wipe out any residual soap scum or food debris.
    Next, wash the exterior of the microwave. Wipe the top of the kitchen appliance and work down bother sides and also the front door.
    Again, work with a damp rag to prevent splashing too much liquid and foam onto any electrical parts. Be careful on the digital display and try not to push buttons that might turn on the appliance or reset the clock.
  5. Wipe down the microwave. Use a damp rag with clean water to wipe down the microwave interior and exterior. Use a circular motion to remove any dish soap residual or soap suds.
  6. Dry the microwave. A clean rag or paper towel should be used to dry all the surfaces and prevent streaks from being left behind. Leave the door open for a few extra minutes to ensure no moisture is being left behind.
  7. Return removable pieces. Reassemble the microwave turntable tray, rack and any removable pieces that were clean and set aside.

Great job! Now it’s time for a snack!
Who has a craving for some microwave popcorn?

How to clean a microwave with dish soap