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How to Clean a Microwave with Lemon:



Keeping your microwave clean is essential for both hygiene and functionality. As a small, family-run professional cleaning business, we know that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Here’s an easy, natural way to clean your microwave using just a lemon, water, and a few minutes of your time.


Why Use Lemon?

Lemons are a natural disinfectant and deodoriser. The citric acid in lemons helps to break down grease and grime while leaving a fresh, clean scent. This method is not only effective but also eco-friendly and free from harsh chemicals.


What You’ll Need

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 cup of water

  • Microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup

  • Clean sponge or cloth


Step-by-Step Instructions


1. Prepare the Lemon Solution

  • Cut the lemon in half.

  • Squeeze the juice from both halves into a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup.

  • Drop the lemon halves into the bowl as well for extra cleaning power.

  • Add 1 cup of water to the bowl.


2. Microwave the Solution

  • Place the bowl in the microwave.

  • Heat on high for 3-5 minutes. The goal is to bring the water to a boil so that the steam can loosen any stuck-on food and grime inside the microwave.


3. Let the Steam Work

  • After the microwave stops, don’t open the door immediately. Let the bowl sit inside the microwave for another 5 minutes. The steam will continue to work, softening any residue and making it easier to wipe away.


4. Wipe Down the Interior

  • Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot!).

  • Use a clean sponge or cloth to wipe down the interior of the microwave. The grime should come off easily thanks to the steam.

  • For stubborn spots, dip the sponge in the lemon-water solution and scrub gently.


5. Clean the Turntable

  • Don’t forget the microwave’s turntable. Remove it and wash it with warm, soapy water. Dry it thoroughly before placing it back in the microwave.


6. Enjoy Your Clean Microwave

  • Not only will your microwave be spotless, but it will also smell fresh and clean, thanks to the natural deodorising properties of the lemon.


Tips for Maintaining a Clean Microwave

  • Wipe down the interior after each use to prevent buildup.

  • Cover food with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe paper towel to avoid splatters.

  • Perform this lemon-cleaning method once a week or as needed to keep your microwave in top condition.


Cleaning your microwave with lemon is a simple and effective way to maintain a hygienic kitchen. Plus, it’s a safe method that you can feel good about using in your home.


At Shimmer & Shine, we believe that small, consistent efforts lead to a cleaner, healthier living space. Happy cleaning!

For more cleaning tips and services, contact us today!

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