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True Lemon Hacks: Microwave Cleaning With Lemon

Lemons are so versatile! The bright citrus flavor is great for cooking. Lemon juice is tasty when squeezed on top of your meats or veggies. You can even substitute lemon juice in place of your normal salad dressing.

Lemon is a wonderful flavor enhancer in water or tea. It can help soothe sore throats. But did you know lemon is a great cleaning tool as well?

Lemon is a good natural alternative to cleaning products with heavy chemicals. It’s acidic nature with antibacterial properties lends itself well to cleaning and sprucing up items around the home. The fresh scent of lemons also gives your home a nice, refreshing smell. The lemon clean smell!

True Citrus Crystallized Wedges next to slices of fresh fruit.

Homemade cleaners…or nah?

Homemade cleaning products work just as well as store-bought cleaners for most of your daily cleaning tasks. There are plenty of great benefits for making your own cleaning solutions.

·       Avoid allergens. Many people suffer from skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. Making your own cleaning products lets you control exactly what’s included in the solution and avoid some of the harsh chemicals in name brand products.
·       Cost efficient. Making your own products is definitely a good way to save money. A handful of products (such as white vinegar, lemon, dishwashing liquid, baking soda and a spray bottle) are usually all you need to make a variety of cleaners for various purposes.
·       Safe for kids and pets. Without the hazardous ingredients of manufactured products, you don’t have to worry about putting poison control on speed dial. With ingredients, there is no harm to your little ones if it’s accidently consumed.
·       Sustainability. Natural cleaning products are non-toxic and better for the environment. Not only does it keep your breathing air clear inside the home, but you can also feel good about protecting the earth for future generations.

How to clean a microwave with lemon.

How often do you clean your microwave? It’s one of the most-used kitchen tools (we’re guessing). Keeping it clean isn’t just for looks. Along with a nice sparkly shine, regular cleaning ensures your microwave stays in top-notch working condition and odor free.

The longer you let splashes and spills sit in the microwave, the harder it becomes to scrub them off. But really, it’s super easy to keep your microwave clean. And all you need to do it is a single lemon!

1.       Measure a half cup of water and pour into a microwave safe bowl.
2.       Use a wooden cutting board to cut a lemon in half. Squeeze the juice into the bowl of water. Drop the lemon rinds in.
3.       Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for about 5 minutes, until the water comes to a boil.
4.       Don’t open the microwave door. Let the bowl sit inside for 5 to 15 minutes. Keeping the door closed will allow the steam to permeate the inside of the microwave, making cleaning even easier.
5.       Remove the bowl from the microwave and wipe down the inside with a damp cloth.

Don’t forget to remove the turntable and clean. Wipe down the inside of the microwave from top to bottom. And don’t forget about the scrubbing the door! When finished wiping the inside, replace the turntable. After removing stains, you will have a sparkling clean microwave, and it probably smells pretty darn good, too.

A person holding a box of True Lemon over their clean office desk.


If you’re plum out of lemons, sub in True Lemon wedge replacements. These wedges are perfect to keep on hand to replace fresh juice when cooking, baking or cleaning.

Mix 4 to 6 packets
into your water bowl and follow the remaining instructions for cleaning.

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Amy Cimo is a Nutrition Coach, Personal Trainer and Wellness Enthusiast based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After going through her own health journey, she found her passion in helping others find balance between nutrition, physical activity and mindset to live healthy and be truly happy. Amy attended Louisiana State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2021 through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Nutrition Coach in 2022 through Precision Nutrition.