This tip will change your life. Finally, here’s how to clean your microwave oven effectively and quickly without having to scrub.

The microwave oven is an essential for many in the kitchen. It can save time and is used for many things like reheating leftovers from the day before, defrosting food, heating soup, and even cleaning your sponges. But heavy use can sometimes leave stubborn food residue inside. Very often, we put off this household task, and the residue becomes embedded and becomes really difficult to remove. The result: old traces of tomato sauce, bad odors, but above all the possibility of bacteria developing there.

While it is possible to clean it by rubbing (hardly) with a sponge, there is also a little-known but very effective technique. To do this, all you need to do is take a bowl or glass and some tap water. Start by taking a glass and filling it halfway with water. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice for extra cleaning action and a fresh smell. You can also add a few drops of white vinegar or dishwashing liquid. It all depends on what you have on hand.

Place the glass of water in the microwave and heat it for about 3 minutes on full power. The goal is to create steam inside the microwave. Once the time is up, leave the glass of water inside the microwave for a few minutes. This will allow the steam to spread throughout the interior of the appliance, softening any dried-on food residue. Be careful, do not open the device and especially do not touch the water, you will burn yourself.

After a few minutes, carefully remove the glass of water (it may be hot) and use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave. Food residue should come off easily with the action of the steam. Once you’ve removed all the residue, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave to remove any moisture. No need to scrub, the dirt goes away like magic.

If stains persist, you can gently scrub with a mixture of baking soda and water for a more thorough clean. Next time, don’t wait to clean your microwave. Because let’s face it, it’s not very tasty and above all unhygienic to reheat a dish in a microwave full of food splashes.