How to Remove Burn Marks From a Microwave

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Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Dish detergent

  • Rag or sponge

  • Baking soda

  • Cotton balls

  • Nail polish remover


You can use coarse cleaning pads to scrub away microwave stains, but do not use steel wool because it can scratch the surface of your microwave. You can replace nail polish remover with a professional cleaner such as Simply Green.


Never try to clean an appliance while it is plugged in or hot. Unplug and allow to cool before attempting to clean.

Most people have experienced the awful smell of burning popcorn; it's enough to make your nostrils burn and your eyes water. The smell often lasts for days. In the worst cases of burnt popcorn or other foods in your microwave, you might even find burn marks on the interior of your appliance. These burns marks can be tricky to remove; certain cleaning products can damage the microwave further or taint your food. Follow these handy tips to keep your microwave clean and fresh.


Remove food stains

Step 1

Mix warm water and dish detergent in the sink or in a bowl until it suds. Soak a rag or sponge in the mixture and clean away any burned-on food or food stains. Scrub with a coarser pad if necessary.

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Step 2

Dampen a rag with warm water and sprinkle baking soda onto the rag. Scrub at any stubborn food stains with this cleaner for a more powerful cleaning kick.

Step 3

Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water to form a paste. Spread the paste over the food stains and allow to sit 3-4 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp rag or sponge to remove the most stubborn food stains.


Remove burn marks

Step 1

Soak a cotton ball or soft rag in acetone nail polish remover.

Step 2

Scrub at the burn marks with the acetone cleaner until they are removed.

Step 3

Clean the entire microwave with warm water and dish detergent as before to prevent any residual cleaner from contaminating food.