How to clean a microwave oven naturally

Kitchen cleaning shortcut without toxic chemicals

I’ll admit it.  There are times our microwave looks nasty.  I’m not a fan of chemicals to clean things – especially in the kitchen.  I mean really, I’m trying to  intentionally buy cleaner food, not add more chemicals to them.  Growing up in Portugal with little money and a lot of kids, my mother knew how to clean with common items from the kitchen or something she could get on a day’s walk.

how to clean your microwave with a lemon

This is the chef shortcut I do to clean my microwave oven naturally after learning this trick from theKitchn.com.

  1. Put 1/2 cup water into a bowl.
  2. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water.  Drop the lemon halves into the bowl.
  3. Microwave for 3 minutes and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Finally, remove the bowl and wipe it down.

Extra benefit is that the oven also smells good.

I have a ton of lemons in my kitchen for all sorts of food and cleaning uses.  It can make almost any dish taste better and look brighter.  I LOVE lemon.  In fact, I swear I’d wear lemon juice as a cologne.  😉

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