State University Extension
Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500249
Microwave Oven Care and Cleaning
Avoid unnecessary spatters by covering dishes, using wax paper or paper
towels when a looser cover is desired. Use an appropriate cover for the
cooking process. If oven does not have a removable glass shelf, a plate
or paper towel under food cooked directly on oven floor (as baked
potatoes) keeps it cleaner.
Wipe up spills at once. Wash regularly with mild detergent and water
and rinse and wipe dry with paper towel or clean cloth. Especially
clean around edge of door and door opening, to prevent soil buildup
which would prevent door closing tightly.
If spots seem dried on, boil water in a glass cup a few minutes; steam
should loosen soil. Leave in oven 5 minutes. Then wipe dry.
If odors, either clean the interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon
baking soda to 1 cup warm water, rinse and dry. Or mix 1 part lemon
juice to 3 parts water in a large glass cup and boil 3-5 minutes. Let
cool. Then remove water and wipe dry.
Never use abrasive pads or powders on oven. Follow manual directions
Microwave combination ovens (with convection or conventional heat) may
have spills cook on from heat present. Follow manual directions for
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus
with references from the American Household Appliance Association.
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