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The 3 easiest ways to clean your microwave

No scrubbing required

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If the inside of your microwave is caked in dried-up food splatter, there are only two paths you can take: live with it like some kind of filthy animal, or deal with the problem like a civilized human being.

But if you take the second path, be smart about it. Instead of just scrubbing away at it, take our advice on a few easy cleaning methods that can help make that splatter come off with ease.

All of these methods are more or less the same—they rely on steam to soften all that stuck-on food. The only difference between them is your choice of cleaning agent: lemon, vinegar, or dish soap. All three ingredients will get the job done, so it's really just a matter of your personal preference. Regardless, we have detailed instructions for each pick.

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1. Cleaning with lemon

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For this method, you'll need a bowl, a lemon, a dish cloth or paper towel, and water.

According to The Kitchn, to start you simply need to cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl, then add half a cup of water along with the squeezed-out lemon halves.

Next, put the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for three minutes. This should bring the water to a boil and steam the inside of the microwave. Let it sit for about five minutes, then remove the bowl and wipe the all food stains off the walls of the cavity. They should come off with ease.

2. Cleaning with vinegar

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The vinegar-based method is similar to the lemon method, swapping out one ingredient for the other and adding a toothpick. PopSugar writes that you should pour half a cup of water and half a cup of white vinegar into a bowl along with the toothpick, which prevents the solution from boiling over.

Place the bowl in your microwave and heat it for five minutes, and then let it sit for an additional five minutes to steam up the interior. Finally, you should be able to remove the bowl and wipe away the splatter without a problem.

3. Cleaning with dish soap

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The last method only calls for a bowl of warm water, dish soap, and a dish cloth or paper towel. WikiHow notes that you simply need to add some dish soap to a bowl of warm water and heat it for one minute. Then let it sit for a few minutes before removing the bowl and wiping away the softened food stains.

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