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Question: Removing Yellow Stains From Inside Microwave

I burnt up plastic in my microwave. Now the walls are yellow and I cannot get rid of the horrid smell.

By CARRIE1964 from San Marcos, CA

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I used acetone (from nail polish remover) right after I burnt the popcorn in the microwave..and it did the job!

I read all of these above and thought about getting some Acetone or Cutex. But, I keep Goof Off on hand. Goof Off will damage many plastics, but, the damage is usually limited to that of softening some of the color off non-white plastics. Since the original color of the inside of my 16 year old microwave that I've had for 15 years is white, and tonight, stained yellow, it shouldn't matter what Goof Off does.

Easy-off oven cleaner. Awful stains came off after about 30 minutes of soaking.

yellow stain's all over microwave walls how to get rid of it?

Where can I buy Goof Off to remove yellow stain from inside of microwave walls?

I tried using goof off and it does not work!

You are a genius. We purchased Goof Off and Acetone.

I burned a bag of popcorn in my microwave and it left a yellow stain. I put non acetone nail polish remover in a small spray bottle sprayed the surfaces and wiped away with a paper towel. It did the job and it's back to its original white color.

Don't leave oven cleaner on for more then 10min it will take the coating off and rust the metal, found out the hard way

Can i use goof off for badly burnt all over my microwave its almost orange

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(format_html) I burnt popcorn in the microwave, the smell is gone but the inside is yellow. What can I use to make it white again?

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So. what does NOT work:

1) "Try a little baking powder paste on a wet sponge and apply to the inside walls; let soak for 10 minutes with the door open, then with a wet sponge scrub the inside and then rinse well. let air dry with the door open. You might have to do this a few times if the first time doesn't clean it. also try a few drops of lemon in the rinse water to reduce the yellowing and get a fresh scent. ladydi"

I tried it and it doesn't work.

2)" I read at either ThriftyFun or in Heloise's hints that if you boil a cup of water with a teaspoon or so of vanilla. The steam will help clean the mess, and your microwave will smell like vanilla (instead of burnt popcorn). I've tried this method for cleaning my microwave, and it' gotten everything off."

Well apparently "everything" didn't include the yellow stain from burned popcorn which is what we are talking about.

3) "Baking soda water in the microwave will do it. Boil for 3 minutes and wipe it out. Jane"

4)"Put a bowl of vinegar in the microwave and turn it on so that it will steam, probably 1 or 2 minutes depending on your machine. Let it sit in there for 10 minutes and wipe it out with clear water. It seems to really help. Also make sure any removable parts are run through the dishwasher or washed well. Hope this helps, Susan"

5)"GRANDMA'S TRIED AND TRUE VINEGAR RECIPE 5T Baking soda, 3 drops hand soap or liquid dish soap, 4T Distilled, White vinegar"

Obviously not tried and true for burned popcorn.

6)"I clean my microwave like this: Put a mug half full of water and stir in 2 spoons of baking soda. Put this in the microwave and turn it on to boil the water for about ten seconds. The steam will help loosen all the splatters. Carefully remove the mug and clean with baking soda/water paste and a sponge until clean. Rinse well."

I don't care how you clean your microwave. have you cleaned burned popcorn?

7)"I put a cup of water with lemon juice in it..in the microwave for about the time to make a cup of tea.. then let it sit in there for about 15-20 min. and steam clean the microwave..not only will it get the smell out it will also make the food that has splatter just wipe right out."

There is no "food that has splatter" . it's a yellow film which seems to have molecularly bonded to the microwave.

8)"I did the same thing w/lemon juice and water but I did not put it in a cup/mug. I soaked a wet hand towel in water, put a little lemon juice on it and warmed up the towel. It steamed up the microwave, loosened all the gunk, and gave it a fresh lemon smell. I used the same warm towel (or rag) and cleaned the microwave. This is what my book "talking dirty" said to do ,Smile"

I did the same thing and it burned the towel, did not really create much steam at all, and did not clean the stain whatsoever.

So. there you have saved yourself much disappointment. Don't bother trying any of those suggestions.

The question is this:

Has anyone out there actually had this same exact problem (YELLOW stain from burned popcorn), AND solved it successfully? In other words. your microwave was yellow on the inside due to burned popcorn, and now it is white again, and you accomplished it through some method that you can pass on. If so, how?

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I also have the yellow stain. I have tried many cleaners. I even got desperate and tried an S.O.S, pad on part of it and that didn't even help. I think that maybe it is stained forever :( The lemon water tricks did work for the smell but not the stains. Keep posting if you find anything that DOES help the stain.

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To "Here to help" - My old microwave took over 4 minutes to pop popcorn but my new one takes only 2. No matter how many times I've told my teenage daughter 2 minutes she never listens. This is the second time she burnt the microwave. First time I caught it before it was set on fire. Second time I wasn't home and she let me find it the next day.

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By Yellow burnt popcorn cleaner

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Next, after the smell became unbearable, I wiped the inside of the oven with vinager. Didn't do much.

Finally, I hopped on my handy-dandy computer and found this site. I tried the "CUTEX Nail Polish Remover" and it actually did help quite a bit to remove the yellow stain. I've only done it once at this point, but there is a dramatic difference! (Approx. 80%)

I wiped the inside down again; this time with straight lemon juice (leaving the interior fairly wet) and then placed a microwavable measuring cup with about 1/4 cup of straight lemon juice in it and allowed it to boil for about 2 minutes creating steam that has covered all inner areas.

That has been sitting for approximately 15 minutes and I just checked it. The odor is still faint, but not nearly as potent as before. So, I will let it sit longer and see what happens. I am confident the odor will eventually disappate in time. The faint yellow discoloration is tolerable.

I believe if you are going to have any success at all, you will need to attack the problem immediately, otherwise, (especially with use of the oven) the odor and yellowness will penetrate and become permanent. Good luck and if anyone comes up with something that is more effective please post you suggestion! Thanks!!

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By Tami (Guest Post)

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First of all. its so great to know that I'm not the only one who's had to deal with this issue. Anyway I tried the nail polish remover and it really does work! I ran out of nail polish so I'm going to get some more tomorrow and clear up the remaining stains.

I was skeptical but desperate and I'm glad to say it worked!

The smell on the other hand. I'm just going to have to wait it out : )

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By Grandma Margie

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Thanks for the tip, it was a great solution!

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By vicky in Chicago

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I am writing to thank the person who said acetone free nail polish remover would remove the yellow stain in my microwave oven left after seriously burning a bag of microwave popcorn. She was absolutely right on.


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