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This microwave cleaning hack is my go-to way to clean our microwave.   I love finding easy ways to clean our kitchen.     I try to clean it as often as I can, because it really needs cleaned CONSTANTLY with six people in our family.
microwave cleaning hack

It is VERY easy and you don’t really have to do a lot of work.

What you need: 
– Bowl of water (about 1/2 cup of water)
– 8 drops of Lemon Essential Oils (sometimes I switch it up and do LemonGrass because I love that smell!) 
-1 teaspoon vinegar (this is optional.  It works better with vinegar, but if you don’t have it- that’s ok.)
– Damp cloth (or sponge)

Put the oil into the bowl of water and microwave it on high for about five minutes.  Let it sit for about 4-5 MORE minutes (because it will be hot and because you want the steam to continue to do the work).
The lemon steam will loosen everything in the microwave and you simply have to wipe it with a damp cloth or damp sponge to remove all of the food.

PS- You can use your lemon oil for many things!  Check out some other ideas here:
lemon hacks
Vinegar has many uses, too:
Using Vinegar as a Kitchen Cleaner


When you are finished with your microwave – head over to clean your refrigerator! 
tips to organize your refrigerator

My book on cleaning might be helpful for you, too!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I use vinegar and water when doing mine! I love the idea with the lemon oil though! I bet that does make it smell great!

  2. I avoid turning on the microwave when cleaning it. I think it will help me save on my electric bill but I have to admit it takes longer time to clean a microwave with a damp cloth and a soap solution. Yours is better and fuss free 🙂

  3. boiling plain water does the job just as well. Occasionally, I’ll add a lemon slice if I have one, but usually just boil a cup of water in there for 5 minutes, let it sit for 5 and wipe it clean. No additives necessary.

  4. Your Tips is so good for me. I can do that with my vacuum cleaner. Thank you so much

  5. this is the real microwave cleaning hacks. I was need it but now I’ve got. bookmarked. thanks for your excellent share.