How to Clean a Burnt Microwave?

If you have ever come across a burnt microwave, you may be concerned about the health hazards of inhaling the chemical fumes and smoke that are produced when it is damaged.

Although this is not a serious concern, the fumes can still cause significant damage to your lungs if they get into your airways.

How to Clean a burnt Microwave Oven?

  1. Open the oven door and remove the metal grates.
  2. Wipe down the inside of the oven with a cloth or a paper towel.
  3. Pour about 1 cup of white vinegar into an oven-safe bowl. Add about 2 teaspoons of sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Place the bowl in the oven and turn it on to medium heat. The mixture will start to bubble at first. Not to worry, this is normal.

For a quick cleaning with vinegar, place the bowl of mixture in direct sunlight for about 30 minutes and then wipe down the oven around any areas where food or grease might accumulate (i.e., grates). 

This will prevent staining from baked-on smoke residue when you do your regular baking again! Like I said it does not eliminate all residual gases but at least reduces them substantially and will burn off completely over a short period of time.

How to Get a Burnt Smell Out of a Microwave in Quick Ways

There are many ways to get rid of a burnt smell from a microwave. Some of the quick ways include:

  • Empty the microwaves of all contents and wipe them down with a damp towel.
  • Scrape off any caked-on food particles with a cloth or paper towel.
  • Spray a small amount of vinegar or baking soda into the microwaves and turn them on for 10 seconds. Allow them to run for a minute and then run them again for another 10 seconds.
  • Saturate your cloth with cool water, dampen the fabric lightly, carefully dabbing the affected area as you go (this should help to remove odors that have been absorbed into paper and leather).
  • If you are the type to live with things that are not working in your microwaves, this might be for you… take a straw and poke about 1/4 of an inch into each hole (and through plastic wrap) and cover it up again with plastic wrap or foil paper.. do this evening after night before turning on the oven…
  • Some microwaves produce heat through radiation while other use electricity… be sure to install an outlet close by that also produces good power as well most microwaves need a 12/12 vacuum. 

How Do You Get Tough Stains Out of a Microwave?

One way to get tough stains out of a microwave is to fill a bowl with cold water and vinegar, and microwave the stained area for about one minute.

The stain will be loosened and can be scrubbed off with a sponge.

How Do I Clean the Microwave After Burning Foil?

There are several ways to clean microwaves after burning foil.

One way is to pour one cup of white vinegar into the microwave and turn it on high for one minute.

Turn it off and use a brush to scrub the inside of the microwave.

Pour three cups of water into the microwave and turn it on high for two minutes.

Turn it off and use a brush to scrub the inside of the microwave with water.

Pour two cups of vinegar into the microwave and turn it on high for one minute. Turn off the microwave, then use a toothbrush to scrub every nook and cranny out of the inside of your microwave.

How to Get Rid of Burn Marks on Your Microwave Oven

There is not a specific way to get rid of burn marks on your microwave oven, but you can use an oven cleaner spray or soap. You can also use a hairdryer on low heat to help dry the area. Caution: extreme heat can cause damage.

Using aluminum foil in a microwave oven. It is not safe to use aluminum foil in the microwave because it will melt and start heating up your food.

Lots of people find their microwaves stop working with an electrical “pop” one day or another, usually, after they’ve put something heavy there which has made them think ‘yeah right I’ll never need that again, then two weeks later get a frantic call to “can you come and look at this microwave that keeps popping all the time and has started making weird noises now, it must be broken”.

I totally understand your frustration as I have also got into situations where my household appliances just seemingly randomly stop working overnight and refuse to turn back on again.

Final Thought

A microwave is an electrical appliance that heats food. The microwave ovens are designed to heat food quickly and evenly. It’s a good appliance to have in the kitchen, but it can be a source of some problems.

One of the most common problems is burning your food or leaving burnt marks on your plate. To avoid this, you should always clean your microwave properly after every use. 

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