Cleaning the Microwave with Lemons

If you’re like us, your microwave has seen better days. We are big fans of movie nights and popcorn at the Yager Homestead, so our microwave can get pretty gross. T needs everything to be at least 3000°C to be fit to eat, which leads to spaghetti sauce, cheese, and other various liquids to be plastered to the inside of the microwave. For instance, see Exhibit A below.


Exhibit A. Gross.

We hate using caustic chemicals to clean our microwave, because it feels like you can practically taste the poison in your next round of popcorn.

B searched the internet looking for a more natural way to clean our microwave, and came across an article – cleaning your microwave with lemons.

It seems fairly straightforward, so we decided to give it a go.


  • Lemons (2-4)
  • Knife
  • Glass Bowl
  • Water

First, take a few lemons and cut them into halves.

Place the halves into your glass bowl. Fill it a little over halfway with water.


Place your bowl of water and lemons into your disgusting microwave. Microwave for 4 minutes.

After four minutes, carefully remove the bowl (use potholders, the glass is hot). With a sponge, you should be able to wipe out most of the gunk fairly easily. We didn’t even have to wet the sponge. Everything had a thin coat of lemony water on it, so most of it came off simply.

Not bad after round one. We still had a few persistent spots of particularly icky mess, so we microwaved for another four minutes. After this point, the water was boiling, so be VERY careful removing it from the microwave.

The rest of the mess wiped off pretty easily. After the second go, our microwave was looking good!

You can see the before and after photos above. We will definitely use this method again as an alternative for a safe, natural way to clean our microwave.


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