HOW TO: remove burnt popcorn smell from your microwave

Burnt popcorn smell lingers in microwaves so badly, an office I worked in banned it from the break room. It’s notorious, but completely removable.

If your microwave harbors its own dirty Pop Secrets, try this cleaning tip we got from Frigidaire (hat tip to Sarah from our Customer Service Department):

Microwave Odor Removal

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • grated lemon peel
  • several whole cloves

Combine together in a 2-cup glass measuring cup and boil for several minutes in the microwave on full power. Allow hot mixture to sit in the microwave until cool. Wipe interior with a soft cloth.

Though this tip wasn’t specifically written for burnt popcorn, I can’t think of much else that smells up a microwave. Help me out in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “HOW TO: remove burnt popcorn smell from your microwave

  1. You could squeeze half a lemon into some water and place the dish into the microwave. Place in the microwave on full power for two minutes. Once the water condenses inside the microwave wipe with a soft absorbent cloth. This will leave your microwave fresh and clean

    1. But isn’t that what I just wrote? Comments like this make me feel ignored, haha 🙁

  2. Thanks Julie! It worked 🙂

    1. Really? Great. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, so I’m glad to know it works. Thanks Kristina!

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