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Lemon, Water & a Dirty Microwave!

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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As a married-mother of two, Chris understands the demand on all families when it comes to dinner-time. She started her food blog, Burnt Macaroni, because she wanted to make that process easier for her family and others. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram as she teaches herself and her kids how to cook!

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