I Used a Dishwasher Tablet to Clean My Microwave — And It’s Never Sparkled Like This

published Jul 25, 2023
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Just like the best multipurpose kitchen gadgets serve countless functions when you cook, the best kitchen cleaning hacks can work on several scenarios. From using OxiClean to remove labels from jars to using Dawn dish soap to get grease splatters out of your clothes, a method that works hard so you don’t have to is always a winner. 

When I first tried cleaning with a dishwasher tablet, it was to clean the interior of my (filthy) garage refrigerator, which had been neglected for far too long. I couldn’t believe how the solution I made from the tablet and hot water cut through the sticky spills and mysterious smudges so quickly. I’m currently spending some time with my sister and her family, and when she said she needed to clean her microwave, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to try the dishwasher tablet hack in another space.

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To test the method, I grabbed a dishwasher tablet — a Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Pack — dropped it into a bowl, filled the bowl with hot water and let the pack dissolve. While the solution was cooling, I cleaned the crumbs out of the microwave with a damp paper towel. I took out the microwave turntable and the turning mechanism out so I could wash them separately. 

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Once the dishwasher tablet solution was cool enough, I grabbed a microfiber cloth and soaked it in the solution. I squeezed out the rag so that it was fairly wet but not dripping. At this point, I got to work wiping out the interior of the microwave. Working top to bottom, I started with the “ceiling” of the microwave. Next, I worked on the sides and the back wall, starting at the top on each surface. I spent extra time where I needed to on some trouble spots, but never had to scrub too hard to get the caked-on grime off. I finished by wiping out the bottom. 

During the wipe-down, I rinsed out the rag with clean water at the sink, then soaked the rag in the solution again before continuing. I was quite surprised by how dirty the rag got, and this made me realize, in addition to the cleanliness of the microwave, how much dirt the solution was lifting from the microwave interior. When I was done wiping, I dried the microwave with a towel to prevent water streaks. The microwave shone

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Needless to say, I was not disappointed with the dishwasher tablet method of cleaning out the microwave. The interior was coated with grease splatters that had been repeatedly baked on, which happens to most microwaves quite quickly, and the dishwasher tablet solution melted the microwave mess with ease. 

Two impressive dishwasher tablet solution cleaning sessions later, I know that I have an effective, if unusual, option for tackling difficult kitchen messes, whatever they are. I can’t wait to find my next mess to tackle with my trusty dishwasher tablet.