How to Clean Your Microwave – Kitchen Inspiration

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 4, 2011

Want a clean microwave in 5 minutes and no scrubbing?! Adrienne at Crafty Little Gnome will show you how… Also, Katie suggests using lemon juice because it will smell so much better!

Is this how you clean your microwave?!

(I’ve never tried it, but it’s what I’ll be doing from now on!)

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Aaryn October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That’s my method. Just squeeze half a lemon into a glass measuring cup full of water, dump the half lemon in there as well and “cook” for 5 min. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe down. Easy and fresh!


Ashley October 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Oh holy cow. This is amazing!! It actually got the roof of my microwave clean, something no chemical cleaner has ever done. Any other cleaning-for-dummies tips you can pass along would be much MUCH appreciated, as I am a cleaning dummy for sure! Thank you!!!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

You are too funny…I will keep my eye out and share as I find them :) And so glad that it reached the top!



karen October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

ooh great! I wasn’t putting the vinegar for long enough apparently. great!!!! but I bet the lemon would be even better! and no mess! Now if only someone would clean up the house for me….:(


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

haha Karen! :)


teresa g October 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

This was actually the instructions for cleaning that came with my parent’s first Montgomery-Wards microwaves some 30 years ago. I have used this method forever. I prefer the lemon over the vinegar. The smell from the hot vinegar just knocks me for a loop :-)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

LOL Teresa! :)


Amity Chase October 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

I only zap the vinegar water for 2 min, then let it sit in the microwave for several more minutes. I actually put the kitchen sponge in the water, too. Disinfects the sponge and we use the vinegar water to do the wipedown. Well, my 9 yr old uses it for the wipedown :-)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

Perfect! Good to know it still works doing it for 2 minutes!


Gail Becker October 5, 2011 at 4:48 am

I only use water , but will diffently add vinegar when I clean the microwave. Thanks for sharing!


Clara October 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

I have been using whatever citrus fruit I have used that day for my meals. I will cut up the remaining lemon, lime, orange, etc, into fouths or eights place in bowl of water and zap for five minutes. Let sit for several minutes and wipe down. I then put the used fruit and water down the garbage disposal to give it a fresher sent.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

Love that Clara!


JODI B October 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

I seriously just got done cleaning the microwave at work because someone tried to put a chemical cleaner in it!! I was so mad – I might as well put a splash a bleach in my hot tea!! I put some water in a bowl. We have some vinegar but they’d kill me if I used it so I just microwaved the water and it wiped clean!


jean October 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I use the water with a splash of vanilla extract. Smells like freshly baked cookies!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

Love that Jean…thanks for sharing!


Melissa October 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I use about 1 cup of Lemon scented Mr. Clean. It works wonders too!


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