Everyone uses a microwave at least once day, and given how much food goes in and out of the appliance, it’s no surprise that it become grimy quite quickly.

When food particles and splatters are left without cleaning inside a microwave, it can become home to germs and bacteria that may affect our health.

So, keeping your microwave clean is very important. However, even if we want to clean it regularly, many of us can be put off by how hard it is to scrub off dried food from inside the microwave.

One easy cheap hack involving lemons can help solve the problem and leave your microwave sparkling clean without using any harsh chemicals.

According to fans of cleaning guru Mrs Hinch, you can easily clean dried food from your microwave simply by using lemon and water.

All you need to do is fill a bowl with water, cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into the water and add the remaining lemon rind in too.

Then, pop the bowl with the lemon water into the microwave for a few minutes until it starts steaming.

When the timer is up, you’ll find that all the dried food and grease wipes away much more easily, because the steam has loosened everything up.

Easy 14p hack to clean your microwave - plus 3 simple ways to get rid of grease and dirt

Not only does this mixture make cleaning your microwave easier, the lemon also leaves a fresh scent behind.

Add to that, this hack is also really low-cost – lemons can be picked up for as little as 14p from any supermarket.

Besides using lemon, there are several other easy, cost-effective cleaning hacks that leave your microwave spotless. Here are few of them:

This extra simple cleaning hack only needs one item - a small, wet towel (make sure it doesn't have any metal tags).

Just microwave the towel for a minute or two. You'll find the towel will soften any dried, stuck-on bits of food. Once the wet towel cools down enough for you to handle, just use it to wipe down the inside of the microwave.

Baking soda is perfect to clean up after serious spillage inside the microwave. Make some paste from a tablespoon of baking soda and water and apply this to hardened food inside the microwave.

Let the mixture sit on the food particles for five minutes, then wipe away easily with a wet sponge - without any scrubbing needed.

Fill a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and a teaspoon of dish soap. Heat this mixture in the microwave for about two minutes to create steam.

Let the steaming mixture sit for three minutes before opening the microwave, removing the bowl using oven mitts. Then simply wipe down the interior of your microwave with a paper towel to remove food and grime.

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