Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 012aI don’t know about you but I don’t think about cleaning my microwave until something starts growing inside.  I’m kidding, of course, but I will say it’s not high on my priority list.  But wow what a difference it makes when you do finally get around to cleaning it.  I have wanted to try this cleaning trick since I first saw it on The Kitchn!  I never knew that microwaving water and lemon would actually help clean the microwave — but it works.  It really works.  I’m a believer.  And all you need is a lemon, water and a dirty microwave.

dirtymicrowaveHere’s a look inside my microwave.  Yuck — now I feel exposed but pretty typical right?

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 016aYou will need a half cup of water and a lemon.  Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the lemon into the water.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 018aDrop the two halves into the water when you are done squeezing!

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 020aPut the water and lemon into the microwave and heat on high for 3 minutes.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 021aAfter the 3 minutes in the microwave it’s very important that you let it stand for another 5 minutes.  Do not open the door until the 5 minutes has past.  You need the steam from the water and lemon to spread over the microwave.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 043aOpen the microwave and use a dry towel to clean up the mess.

cleanmicrowaveTa Dah!  Your microwave is clean!  It’s a great experiment with incredible results.  You could do this with just water too but the lemon gives it a nice smell.  Try it!  You will be amazed at how well it works.

Do you have any great kitchen cleaning tips?  I would love to share — send them to me!

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