How To Clean Butter From The Microwave (3 Easy Ways)

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How To Clean Butter From The Microwave

Anyone who has ever attempted to clean butter from a microwave knows that it is a thankless task. The grease seems to adhere to every surface, making the appliance look and smell like a dairy farm.

And even after spending hours scrubbing, there always seems to be a little bit of butter left behind. Luckily, there are some tricks that can make the job a little bit easier.

In this article, I will be discussing how to clean butter from a microwave. I will outline several methods that can be used, as well as provide some tips on how to make the job easier.

Why Is It Important To Clean Butter From The Microwave?

We’ve all been there. You’re in a rush, trying to get dinner on the table, and you microwave a stick of butter to soften it up.

But then you’re faced with a messy situation: there’s butter all over the inside of your microwave. While it may not seem like a big deal, it’s actually important to clean up that butter. Here’s why:

Butter is a dairy product, which means it contains milk proteins. These milk proteins can act as breeding grounds for bacteria, and if those bacteria are left to multiply, they can cause food poisoning.

In addition, butter is greasy, which means it can attract dust and dirt. Over time, this build-up can make your microwave less effective at heating food evenly.

So, not only is it important for health reasons to clean up spilled butter, but it’s also important for the sake of your microwave’s performance.

How To Clean Butter From The Microwave: 3 Methods

There are a few different ways that you can clean butter from your microwave. Here’re three of my favorites:

1. Vinegar and Water

This is my go-to method for cleaning up not only butter but all kinds of spills in the microwave. All you need is a bowl of vinegar and water and a clean cloth. After you’ve prepared all of your materials, follow these steps:

  1. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave the mixture on high for two minutes.
  3. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for another two minutes. This will allow the steam to loosen any stubborn grease or food particles.
  4. Carefully remove the bowl (it will be hot!) and use a clean cloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave.
  5. Rinse the cloth in clean water and use it to remove any vinegar residue.
  6. Dry the inside of the microwave with a clean towel.

2. Lemon Juice and Water

Lemon juice is a great natural cleaning agent that will leave your microwave smelling fresh and clean. You can use it to clean up butter by following these simple steps:

  1. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add water to the bowl until the lemon juice is diluted (150 ml of water for every 50ml of lemon juice).
  3. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl.
  4. Microwave the mixture on high for two minutes.
  5. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for 5 minutes to let the steam do its work.
  6. Carefully remove the bowl and dip a clean cloth into the lemon water.
  7. Use the cloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave.
  8. Rinse the cloth in clean water and use it to remove any lemon residue.
  9. Dry the inside of the microwave with a clean towel.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used to clean a variety of surfaces, including the inside of your microwave. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Make a paste by mixing two parts baking soda with one part water.
  2. Apply the paste to any areas of the microwave that are stained with butter.
  3. Let the paste sit for 5 minutes to allow it to work its magic.
  4. Take paper towels and rub the stains off of the microwave.
  5. Rinse the area with clean water and dry it off.

Why I Don’t Like Using a Microwave Cleaner

There are a lot of cleaning products on the market that are specifically designed for cleaning microwaves. While these cleaners may be effective, I don’t like using them for two reasons.

First, most of these cleaners contain chemicals that produce unpleasant or even toxic fumes.

Second, these cleaners often leave behind a strong chemical smell. This can be a problem if you use your microwave to heat up food. The odors can make your food taste bad.

Because of these concerns, I prefer to stick with natural cleaning methods like the ones listed above. They’re natural, effective, and, best of all, safe to use.

You can make your own natural microwave cleaning solutions in a batch and store them in recycling empty bottles or sprays for later use. This way, you’ll always have a safe and effective way to clean your microwave.

How Often Should You Clean Your Microwave?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to cleaning your microwave. After all, it’s just for reheating food, right?

WRONG. Your microwave is a breeding ground for bacteria and needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. But how often should you clean it?

Ideally, you should give your microwave a good scrubbing at least once a week. To clean your microwave, you can use any of the methods described above. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. But be careful not to let any cleaning solution drip down into the vent fan.

While it may not be the most glamorous chore, keeping your microwave clean is important for maintaining a healthy kitchen. So set a reminder on your calendar, and make sure to give it a good cleaning once a week.


Cleaning butter from your microwave doesn’t have to be a difficult task. There are a number of effective and safe cleaning methods that you can use. My favorite is vinegar because it’s natural and effective. But feel free to experiment with the other methods until you find one that works best for you.

By Rosie Elliott

I’m Rosie. I’m a professional chef with experience in Western, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisine. I’ve been cooking for over 15 years, and I have two daughters that keep me busy!