My microwave has definitely seen better days. Recently, I went to reheat some leftovers in the microwave and realized that it was time for a serious cleaning. But instead of using some harsh cleaner and spending useless time scrubbing, I decided to try a trick I’ve come across quite a bit in my Tip Hero travels. I’ve tried similar techniques on smaller messes before, but I was curious to see if I could effectively clean this epic mess with just the help of some lemons and water.
First, I grabbed 1/2 cup of water, a small-ish bowl, and a lemon. I poured the water into the bowl and then cut the lemon in half.
Then I just squeezed as much juice as I could from both lemon halves into the water before tossing both halves directly into the water.
Next, it was time for the bowl to go into the war zone. I set the microwave to run for 3 minutes and hoped for the best.
After the 3 minutes was up, I just let the microwave sit with the door closed for another 4-5 minutes. I wanted that magical lemon water steam to really soak into the mess in the microwave. It would make my job a lot easier when it was time to wipe.
After the wait, I took a cloth and simply wiped up the mess (no scrubbing was involved at all – yay)! For a couple of trickier spots, I just dipped the cloth directly into the lemon water and then used that to wipe the mess.
I decided to grab an old toothbrush and dip it directly into the warm lemon water.
My microwave is sparkling again! Let’s hope the microwave never gets this bad again. But if it does, I’ll know what to do.