How to Clean Microwave After Burning Popcorn

published by SueDoeNim on Mar 19, 2012

If you find yourself facing the blackened stench of a burned microwave interior give this cleaning method a try.

Tossing a bag of un-popped popcorn into a microwave and leaving the room for a few minutes can result in not only burned popcorn, but a burned microwave interior as well. Cleaning a charred and burnt microwave interior after a popcorn mishap is a little labor intensive, but much cheaper than buying a new microwave. If you find yourself facing the blackened stench of a burned microwave (hopefully you won’t) give this cleaning method a try.

Microwave a Fragrant Bowl Of Water

Place one cup of water in a large microwave safe bowl and add a cinnamon stock or ground cinnamon. Place the bowl in the microwave and turn on high for five minutes. The water will loosen the burned on gunk inside the microwave and the cinnamon will freshen the interior of the microwave and remove the burned odor.
Keep the door of microwave closed for ten minutes, then open and remove bowl. Dampen a sponge and sprinkle baking soda on the sponge and wipe the interior of the microwave. Start the wipe down on the top of the microwave and work down. Rinse sponge and add more baking soda as needed.

If a Burned Stain Remains

If there is still a brown burn stain on the bottom or side of the microwave, make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Smear a thick layer of the paste onto the burned stain and let set overnight. Rinse clean with warm water.
If the burned stain still remains, burning the popcorn has caused a chemical change in the microwave’s interior material and the stain is not coming out. The good news is you have a clean and functional microwave, albeit with a brown stain inside.

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