Overcooking popcorn in the microwave can result in a burnt odor and staining. This is a guide about removing burnt popcorn smell and stains from a microwave.
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I am writing to thank the person who said acetone free nail polish remover would remove the yellow stain in my microwave oven left after seriously burning a bag of microwave popcorn. She was absolutely right on! At first, I tried 10 ounces water and three teabags boiled and letting it steam the inside of the microwave but this did not get rid of the smell nor the yellow stain. I also tried soft scrub, 409 glass and surface cleaner, and vinegar water. Each of those cleaned the microwave of the first layer of carbon from the burned popcorn but did not take care of the smell nor the yellow stain. The yellow stain was removed only by the acetone free nail polish remover, which I tried in a small spot first because I thought for sure the paint enamel would peel right off. I don't believe everything I read. I cleaned the yellow stain off with acetone free nail polish using lots of cotton balls. So go at the problem like this:
By Sunshine from Columbus, ND
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Here are questions related to Removing Burnt Popcorn Smell and Stains from a Microwave.
I read that you can use acetone free nail polish remover to get rid of the yellow stain. Since my nail polish remover has acetone in it, can I you hydrogen peroxide instead?
By Judy F
How do I get rid of the odor from burning popcorn in a microwave oven?
By Gloria L.
By Holly 11/02/2011
Had this situation years ago. I tried everything I could think of, and eventually the smell went away. Wash the entire interior. Boil cups of vinegar in it. Let bowls of vinegar sit in it overnight. You may find that the interior doesn't smell, but using the micro starts up the odor. In that case, wash interior and keep bowls of vinegar in it overnight.
Vinegar= apple cider or white.
I burned popcorn in a microwave. How do I get rid of the smell first and if possible the yellowing on the plastic liner?
By Nancy from Harrisburg, NC
By beechiegirl1953 01/23/2011
I used Soft Scrub and a little elbow grease and it cleaned off all of the yellow stain left by 'Extra Butter Popcorn' that had accumulated for a while. As for the odor, try a small bowl of half water and half lemon juice concentrate and microwave it till it is near boiling. Then shut off the microwave and let it sit in there for about a half hour or so. As for the house, I'm afraid you are going to have to open the windows, turn on all fans, and wait! After most is cleared out, spray with any scent of Febreze, which is a great odor remover.
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