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How to Clean the Microwave

This convenience cooker can feel like anything but come cleaning day. Use these techniques to show inevitable stains and overflow who's boss.

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Loosen Residue

Loosen caked-on residue by heating 1 cup of water in a bowl for three minutes on high (to get rid of odors, add a 1/2-cup lemon juice); let it sit with the door closed for five minutes.

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Wipe Interior

Wipe the interior with a sponge dipped in warm water and dishwashing liquid. Rinse well.

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Wipe Control Panel

Clean the control panel with a barely damp cloth.