Using Acetone In Microwave?


I'm concerned about using acetone in my microwave. Is it dangerous to use in a device meant for cooking?



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October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Don't do it! Acetone is explosive and highly flammable.
A small spark will set it off.

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April 6, 20170 found this helpful

I wanted to warm the acetone in my microwave because, I'm having to soak my fingertips and the acetone to remove some kind of new powder polish they used on my nails at the salon. My fingertips are so cold they feel like they are getting frostbite

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September 23, 20180 found this helpful

To slightly warm it up, its fine for 15 seconds in the microwave to soak off your nails.

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June 23, 20200 found this helpful

TRULY...Acetone is explosive in the microwave. According to chemist Doug Schoon, an explosion is not a fluke. A chemicals volatility is determined by its evaporation rate. Heating the solvent speeds its evaporation rate, raising its volatility. Factor in the small, enclosed space of a microwave (which traps the vapors) and the sparks that naturally occur when a microwave is in operation, and the stage is set.


An alternative is to put acetone in a glass bowl and place the bowl inside a larger one with heated water

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October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Seconding what JamesJ said !

May I ask why you wanted to use acetone in a microwave ?

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

My Parther enquired because using it on yr fingers to get nail polish off is so cold didnt want to do it without researching it being a flammable liquid

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October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Ya think? Seriously...before using ANY chemical in a manner for which it was not intentioned to be used, read the MSDS on it. Please.

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By Harry (Guest Post)
October 8, 20081 found this helpful

You could do it but why? A microwave will cause the acetone to boil just like water and once it reaches a point it will most certainly explode. If you plan on using the acetone to clean the inside of the oven then be sure to wash and air out the inside. Still not a safe practice.

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October 8, 20080 found this helpful

Are you trying to clean it? Put a bowl of lemon water in it and boil for 5 minutes and most of the gunk will just wipe right off and smell good, too. Acetone is a dangerous chemical that you should be very careful with, especially around something that will come in contact with food.

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

This sounds no different to me than a young man who tried to heat up his lava lamp on an electric stove top. It exploded and, quite sadly, was bye bye time for him :-(


Please don't do it! Chemicals and heat of any kind just aren't safe!

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By CoraM (Guest Post)
October 17, 20080 found this helpful

For cleaning, the lemon water trick suggested works wonders! Let it sit so the steam loosens up dried on gunk and splatters. Then wipe with a cloth. I use lemon or lime juice as well as baking soda (use the baking soda separately, though because the citrus juices combined with it will fizz as it heats, just like vinegar). This is great for getting rid of odors too, like bacon.

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