How to Clean Microwave Stains: Ultimate Guide on Cleaning Burnt Stains

Nothing is more annoying than burnt stains inside the microwave oven. Especially the stubborn ones that have accumulated over time and are not ready to leave.

Well, lucky for you, I have found and mentioned some of the most effective ways to get rid of burnt stains and foul odor from the microwave.

I’ve included the most effective ways to clean stains from the microwave, and those are based on the condition and level of burnt stains.

You can review the condition of yellow stains in your microwave and determine which one will work best for you.

So, without taking much time, let’s begin.

How To Remove Burnt Stains from Microwave:-

How to Clean a Stained Microwave

You can try the below-mentioned methods to get rid of burn stains as well as burnt smell. Top 2 ways to remove burnt stains from the microwave –

Method 1: Use Baking Soda

( For light or fresh burnt stains )

Clean Microwave With baking soda

Baking Soda is a blessing for cleaning burn stains alongside the burnt smell from the microwave. If the stains are relatively fresh, then this method will work just fine for you.

  • Mix up 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 200 ml of water in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place the bowl inside the microwave and heat it on high for a few minutes.
  • Let the microwave run for 3-4 minutes till the water starts to boil and steam shows up. Turn the heat off when you see water boiling and steam coming.
  • After turning off the microwave, wait for 5-7 minutes, now open the door and remove the bowl. You will notice most of the burnt yellow stains will be gone. If you spot any residue, then use a damp cloth to clean it.

After trying this, if you still spot any stains that you feel are hard to get rid of, then try this next Step –

  • Prepare a paste of baking soda and water mix them approx equally to prepare a thick paste.
  • Apply the paste over the burn spots and let it sit there for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Now take a damp cloth and gently rub it over to the stains to remove them off the microwave.

Method 2: Use Vinegar and lemon Juice

( For stubborn burnt stains )

Cleaning microwave using Lemon Juice

You can make good use of your household items for cleaning the burn stains. Both lemon juice and vinegar work great on fresh and light stains.

If you don’t have both, then you can use either lemon juice or vinegar for this specific method. This method is effective for both Stains as well as smell.

  • Slice a lemon in half, pour 150 ml of water in a microwave-safe blow. Squeeze half of the lemon into the water and mix it thoroughly.
  • If you have vinegar add up a few tablespoons of it as well into the water. It makes the lemon and water solution more acidic, so stubborn burn stains can be removed.
  • Place the bowl inside the microwave and heat it on high for a few minutes till you see steam on the glass door or till water starts to boil.
  • When water starts to boil, and steam starts to come, turn off the microwave heat, let the door be closed for the next 15-20 minutes, so the steam can do the job of loosening and removing permanent yellow burn stains.
  • Now open the door, remove the bowl and the turntable if it’s removable. Clean any residue that you may see using a damp cloth.

By following this method, most of the burn stains will get loosen up, and it will be easier for you to remove them.

If you Still spot any stain inside the microwave. Make the same solution as before, but at this time, instead of placing the bowl in the microwave, dip a cloth or sponge in the solution and gently rub it over the yellow stains. As the stains are already loosened up, they get removed by doing so.

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How to Clean Microwave with Apple Cider Vinegar

Removing Microwave stains with apple cider vinegar
When microwaves are left dirty and unclean, they can get stained, emit foul smells or even cause food (such as popcorn) to smell bad when cooked.

Hence regular cleaning is a must to keep the microwave running for long and keep cooked food fresh and healthy.

If you want to clean the microwave most effectively and quickly, then apple cider vinegar is the way to go.

Using apple cider vinegar is the most effective method of removing stains and odor from the microwave as it involves pouring water and apple cider vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, placing it in the microwave, and then boiling water until the steam covers all of the inside surfaces.

And as you all know that steam is the best way of cleaning any appliance, not just a microwave.

Steps to clean the microwave with apple cider vinegar –

  • First, pour half a cup of vinegar, and a half cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Put the bowl inside the microwave and heat the water to high heat for about 5-10 minutes. Till water starts to boil and steam shows up.
  • Finally, turn off the microwave, wait for another 10-15 minutes before opening the glass door and removing the bowl. The steam will kill any bacteria or germs and will also remove any odor and stubborn stains from the inside of the microwave.

How to Get Rid of Burnt Smell in Microwave

If you are thinking about getting burnt smell out of the microwave with lemon, vinegar, or baking soda. Then you can easily do so and get rid of the burnt smell in the microwave by following any of the above methods.

All vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice will remove the sketchy odor from the inside of the microwave.

Lemon is a natural deodorant that can quickly eliminate odors and kill bacterias due to its acidic properties. The same goes for vinegar, and as far as baking soda is concerned, it is also a natural deodorant that absorbs the bad smells and odor inside the microwave.

How to Remove Permanent Yellow Stains From Microwave

Both the above methods are recommended to you to remove permanent yellow stains from the microwave. Using lemon juice and vinegar to get rid of the Yellow Stains is the ideal decision. Due to the high acidic nature, they all work like a charm to clean permanent yellow burn stains.

Besides, if you feel the burnt stains are more stubborn and are not getting cleaned after one attempt, you can always repeat the process till all the residue gets off the microwave.

Conclusion –

I hope after reading this article, you would now b able to Clean a Stained Microwave without any problem at all. Most people can use the methods mentioned above as the items used in the steps are available in almost all households. Also, they are incredibly cheap to buy. Both methods will work fine for removing any burn stains effectively.