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Your microwave is basically a time-saving miracle worker. Why bother with stovetops or ovens when you can just zap something for two minutes and dig in? But, they do have one downside: it only takes one forgotten paper towel while reheating some spaghetti to create a volcanic eruption of sauce inside your microwave.
If you’ve been avoiding microwave-cleaning duty because the idea of scraping at those nuked-on food remnants makes you cringe, we don’t blame you. But, we can help. This trick only takes five minutes and it skips the pain-point of microwave cleaning! Here’s how:
1. Put 1-2 cups of water and a handful of lemon slices in a microwave-safe bowl. (Lemon juice works, too.)
2. Heat the bowl in the microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until it’s boiling.
3. When you hear the buzzer, wait two minutes before opening the door. This will give the steam time to loosen food particles and allow the lemon to spread a fresh, citrus scent.
4. Carefully remove the bowl of water and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a warm, moist cloth. The food bits and stubborn stains should come off easily. Take that, food gunk!