Clean Your Microwave With a Lemon  

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Lemons/lemon juice are composed of citric acid. The enzymes in citric acid can cut through grease, thus making this a great choice for cleaning, so get rid of those chemically abrasive store bought cleaners!

You can use a lemon to clean your microwave, which is usually the one appliance many of us spend a great deal of time scrubbing!

You will need:

  • Lemons or lemon juice
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • 2 to 3 cups of water
  • Damp cloth


  • Now, wipe out the microwave first using a damp cloth. The lemon method is to remove stuck on grease and dirt; crumbs just get in the way.

    Set cut lemon wedges into a microwave safe bowl of water. 2 to 3 cups of water should be sufficient. - 2 to 3 tbsp. of lemon juice is a simple alternative if fresh whole lemons are not available.


    Place bowl in microwave oven for about 2 to 3 minutes or however long it takes to boil water in your microwave. This creates the lemon soaked steam that will cut the grease.

    Very important!
    Let bowl stand in microwave for at least 10 minutes. The water will be very hot and by letting it stand, there is time for steam to build up inside microwave oven. Do NOT just pull the bowl out when the 2-3 minutes is up!

    After 10 minutes or so, remove bowl carefully from microwave. Set aside.

    Wipe the inside of the microwave with a warm damp cloth or rag. This will remove the surface grease.
    You may have to do this entire process more than once if your microwave has a lot of old built up grime/grease inside it.

    The microwave walls should be squeaky to the touch when completely clean.

    In the future, remember to wipe out your microwave after a few uses so that it doesn't become a dirty mess!

    This entry was posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Saturday, July 26, 2008 and is filed under . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .

    2 comments

    I did a huge cleaning yesterday morning in my kitchen and the microwave was the ONE spot I could not get completely clean. I am going to try this. My microwave is only about six months old and I don't want it all nasty.

    July 27, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    I have learned to wipe that damn thing out frequently now!

    July 27, 2008 at 1:21 PM

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