Cleaning the Microwave with Vinegar

After yesterday’s cake-in-a-cup fiasco, I decided it was time to give the microwave a good cleaning. On Pinterest, I found and eco-friendly method using vinegar and water. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

The method is very simple, and you can find it almost anywhere on the Internet. Just fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and add a dash of vinegar. Microwave for five minutes and wipe the inside of the appliance clean.


We work our microwave pretty hard, and though we clean it regularly, there are some baked-on grease stains in there:

 I put the bowl of water and vinegar into the appliance and ran it for five minutes. I was a little worried that the whole kitchen would end up smelling like vinegar, but that turned out not to be the case. After the five minutes, I removed the bowl with oven-mitts (it will be hot!!) and wiped the inside with a microfiber cloth.

The results were somewhat disappointing. The grease stains in the corner were basically unaffected by the vinegar, which I would expect, but the method didn’t even make a dent in the baked on cake from yesterday. It was still hard and stuck firmly to the glass.

So I got out the Windex…

…which worked on the cake splatter, but not on the grease stain.

Next, I turned to Bon Ami cleanser.

Bon ami is French for “Good friend.”

A little better, perhaps, but by no means did it put the microwave back into factory condition.

What can I say? It’s clean, I know it’s clean, but the stains, like memories of cake-in-a-cup disasters, will always be there.