5 Microwave Cleaning Hacks to Remove Burnt Smells – Therapy Clean

5 Microwave Cleaning Hacks to Remove That Burnt Popcorn Smell

Maybe you flipped the popcorn bag the wrong way. Or, maybe your kids just forgot to take out the popcorn in time. Either way, we've all been there before - burnt popcorn in the microwave. And oh, how that smell just loves to linger for the days to come, finding its way into all your re-heated leftovers. In this article, we'll show you a few quick and easy hacks to eliminate those odors for good!

#1. Lemon and water

This natural cleaning hack is perfect for those who wish to use more natural products in their cleaning process. With the help of lemon's acidity, you can easily break down and dissolve any odors lingering in your microwave.

  1. Cut a fresh lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add a cup of water to the bowl to the lemon juice.
  3. Place the bowl inside and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  4. The steam from the hot water will help to loosen any stuck-on food or stains.
  5. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot) using oven mitts.
  6. Use a cloth or sponge to clean the inside of the microwave.
  7. Repeat the process, if necessary, until the microwave is clean.
  8. Enjoy the fresh, citrus scent and the sparkling clean interior of your microwave.

#2. Baking soda and vinegar

With hack #2, we'll be showing you the best way to clean your microwave with vinegar, baking soda, and bit of elbow grease.

  1. In a measuring cup, mix together equal parts water, baking soda, and white vinegar to create a paste.
  2. Gently spread the paste on any dirty or stained areas of the microwave, including the turntable and microwave door.
  3. Let the paste sit for 15-20 minutes to dissolve gunk and grime
  4. After the waiting period, use a cloth or sponge to wipe the inside of the microwave clean.
  5. If any stains or grime remain, use a toothbrush to scrub away at the affected areas.
  6. Rinse the inside of the microwave with water to remove any remaining paste.
  7. Dry the interior of the microwave with a clean cloth.

#3. Dish soap and hot water

Another way to clean a microwave in minutes is by combining dish soap and some hot water. This easy cleaning method cuts through grease and grime with ease.

  1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with hot water.
  2. Add a squirt of dish detergent, such Therapy Clean, to the hot water.
  3. Place the bowl in your dirty microwave and set on high for 3 minutes. Let the steam work its magic.
  4. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot). Use oven mitts to avoid burns.
  5. Wipe down the inside of the microwave, including the glass plate, with a soft cloth.
  6. Repeat the process if necessary, until microwave is clean and odors removed.
  7. Enjoy your clean microwave!

#4. Therapy Clean All Purpose Cleaner

Hack #4 is all about using a powerful all-purpose cleaner to get your microwave looking like new. If you just want a product that gets the job done quickly and effectively, Therapy Clean All-Purpose Cleaner may be the way to go. Simply spray, wipe and buff for instant results.

  1. Spray all purpose cleaner, such as Therapy Clean, inside of your microwave.
  2. Let the formula dwell for 5 - 10 minutes. The soaps and essential oils will go to work removing odors, grease, and grime.
  3. Wipe away debris with a soft microfiber or paper towel.
  4. Repeat if stubborn stains persist.

#5. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas

Hack #5 is a simple hack for getting into those hard-to-reach areas of your microwave and giving it a thorough cleaning. All you need is a toothbrush and some soapy water, and you'll be able to scrub away at any dirt or stains that may be lurking in the corners or crevices of your appliance. This hack is especially useful for getting rid of any pesky bits of food that may have become stuck in those hard-to-reach areas.

  1. Fill a bowl with water and add a few drops of dish soap.
  2. Dip a toothbrush in the soapy mixture.
  3. Use the toothbrush to scrub away at any dirt or splatter in hard-to-reach areas.
  4. Continue scrubbing until all dirt and grime has been removed.
  5. Dry the interior of the microwave with a clean cloth.


In conclusion, burnt popcorn smell can be a pesky problem in the microwave. But with these 5 simple and effective cleaning hacks, you can quickly eliminate odors and leave your microwave looking and smelling fresh. Whether you prefer natural cleaning products like lemon and water or a powerful all-purpose cleaner, there is a hack on this list for you. By learning how to clean your microwave with vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, and other household staples, you can keep your appliance in top condition without resorting to harsh chemicals. So the next time you accidentally burn some popcorn, don't worry – try out one of these hacks, and you'll have your microwave looking and smelling fresh in no time!

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