How to Clean a Burnt Microwave Oven

Sometimes during cooking meals, food can get overdone to the point of burning, causing a distinct odor and even stains in your microwave oven. These stains and smells can be difficult to remove and if not taken care of completely, can be left behind and linger.

The best way to address these stains and odors is to tackle them as quickly as possible and at the source. This article will show you how to take care of each.

Removing Microwave Stains

For the most effective stain removal, take the glass tray and any racks out of your microwave or microwave oven. To remove burn spots in the appliance, coat it with a thin layer of nail polish remover, followed by a rinse with a clean and damp cloth.

Spray the inside of the microwave with a plant based, all purpose cleaner, and let the solution sit for 3 minutes, and make sure you don’t forget the door. Then wipe off the cleaner with with a damp, fresh cloth. For any remaining burn stains, scrub them with a solution that is safe for non-stick pans and rinse with a wet paper towel.

Eliminating the Burnt Smell

Believe it or not, there are more than a few ways to remove that annoying burnt smell from a microwave or microwave oven. Here are some of the most effective ways to do so. Heat up any of the following  concoctions for about 3 minutes, then allow them to sit in the microwave for 5 minutes. Discard after use.

  • Heat 1/2 cup of coffee
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of lemon juice

Or you can simply put a box of baking soda in your microwave and let it sit overnight and remove it in the morning.

Hopefully this article will be most helpful with removing unwanted burn stains and odors from your microwave so you can get cooking again in no time.