Gunk has a way of building up quickly inside our microwaves, and no one likes to heat up a mug of tea next to splotches of week old soup. Of course, no one likes to scrub down a microwave either. Fortunately, this easy process will loosen any stuck-on food gunk and help you clean your process in less than 5 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:


1) Fill the bowl or measuring cup with ½ cup of water.

2) Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water, then drop the halves into the water. Cover the measuring cup with the dry dish towel to prevent water from boiling over.

3) Microwave the lemon and water for 3 minutes, then let stand for 2 minutes.

4) Wipe the microwave clean using the dish towel.

The steam from the hot water will help loosen any food stuck on your microwave, and the lemon will make your home smell fresh and clean. A reusable silicone dish scrubber is also a great tool for more stubborn spots, though this method ensures you’ll use a lot less elbow grease the next time you clean your microwave.