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How To Clean Microwave With Lemon

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Use a lemon to clean your disgusting microwave. The citric acid and steam will help disinfect, deodorize and remove stubborn bake on stains.

Of course cleaning a microwave with chemicals is a necessary solution, however sometimes it’s avoidable. Using the power of lemon, we’re going to dive into the grime and clean the microwave.

Need to boil a cup of water, defrost a chicken breast, reheat Chinese food or cook some popcorn? Pop it in the microwave and your all set to go!

Serving up meals faster, easier and more efficiently, microwaves are all about convenience! The functionality is only limited by your creativity, which tends to lead towards messy situations!

Since microwaves serve as an effective timesaver, then it’s reasonable to expect an easy way to keep it clean. Let’s cut the grease, and learn how to clean a microwave with a lemon.

Three whole lemons next to a small bowl with three lemons that have been cut in half and juiced.

Microwave Cleaning With Lemon

The process only requires a few minutes to result in a glistening microwave with a fresh lemony smell. Its so easy that you will actually WANT to clean!


  • Lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Dry cleaning towel


  1. Pour a cup of water in the container.
  2. Cut the lemon and squeeze the juice into the container. Also drop the lemon halves inside the water for an extra boost.
  3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Place the bowl inside the microwave and heat up until the liquid comes to a boil.
  4. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Do not open the microwave door and keep the steam trapped inside the microwave. Allow the steam time to loosen all of the food gunk from the inside of the microwave.
  5. Wipe the microwave clean. Open the door and use oven mitts to cautiously remove the bowl of lemons. If there is a turntable inside the microwave, then carefully lift it out and wipe it clean. Start on the top and wipe the inside of the microwave clean. Work your way down the sides and finish with the bottom. Sweep any food crumbs into your hand. Don’t forget about the door!
  6. Cleaning stubborn microwave stains. For the stubborn spots that don’t easily wipe away, dip a corner of the cleaning rag in the lemon water. Hold the wet rag on the stain for 10 seconds, and then scrub until the spot releases.

How does lemon clean the microwave?

The combination of citric acid and steam does the trick. Direct contact with the steam is effective at killing bacteria, mold and also mildew. In addition, the moisture helps to break up the baked on food mess and also removes stubborn stains.

If your microwave mess is hardcore, then consider using baking soda. Make a thick paste with a few drops of water, and then use it to tackle the gunk.

You might also want to clean a microwave with vinegar to cut through the tough spots and funky odors.

How to clean a microwave with lemon