How to Clean and Deodorize Your Microwave

There is only one thing worse than a dirty microwave and that would be a dirty AND stinky microwave.
If you've ever burned popcorn in the microwave or heated up Italian food numerous times, then you know how smelly your microwave can get.
I don't like spraying chemicals into something that my food also goes into and besides, I think this non toxic method of cleaning and deodorizing is easy and fast.
Just heating up your lunch can cause a mess like this after just one time. If you allow it to dry, it can be real hassle to clean later.
I use apple cider vinegar, water and lemons.
Cut up one or two lemons and place in a glass measuring cup. Add half water and half apple cider vinegar.

Heat until boiling.

When it's finished, do not open the door. Leave for 10-15 minutes allowing it to steam up the insides. The steam softens the dried on mess, as the lemons and vinegar neutralize odors.

After you've allowed it to sit and cool, open the door, remove the measuring cup and wipe out with a wet sponge or paper towels.
Today's Creative Life- Kim Demmon
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  • Gail Woodman Gail Woodman on Feb 14, 2019

    I don't have lemons, I have lemon juice, can I use that?

  • Maria Oemig Maria Oemig on Oct 29, 2020

    Can you sub lemon juice for lemons? Also, I have a bad burnt smell in the microwave & house from something left in the microwave too long

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  • M.H. M.H. on Apr 17, 2018

    This is great! My kids are always heating up stuff and don’t cover it up. This will be a lifesaver getting all those exploded things off the microwave. 👍

  • Jennifer Soal Jennifer Soal on May 14, 2018

    will give it a try thanks for giving me the sort of push. But will have to use lemon juice as drink with Cider Vinegar!!!