5 Easy Hacks On How To Eliminate Burnt Popcorn Odors
*FYI: When we are referring to using a bowl - it should be microwave safe and/or able to withstand moderately high temperatures.
Obviously, wiping everything down will help. But who really wants to go all out and do a thorough spring cleaning right now? Not me.
But if you do, then I'm sure you already know which household products to use to clean and disinfect.
Anyways, here are a few quick and easy hacks for removing that smell from your microwave, and to help get your house smelling more like home sweet home again.
I prefer this first concoction because it serves multiple purposes.
Not only does it relinquish the rancid smell, but it also generates a
much more appealing, delightfully fresh and citric scent.1. Lemon (and/or Orange)
"Be Nice, The End."
- Cut 1 lemon into halves, or quarters if you prefer.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl.
- Also place the squeezed lemon slices into the bowl.
- Add 1-2 cups of water.
- Place the bowl of lemon water in the microwave and heat on high for 3 minutes.
- Keep the microwave door closed for about 5 minutes to allow for steam to play it's course.
- Once cooled, remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a lightly damp cleaning rag or sponge.
you're at it, we might as well remove the rotating spinning dish (if
your microwave is equipped with one). Clean that, as well as any debris
that might have found it's way under it in there.
particles that were inside your microwave prior to the popcorn mishap
would most likely have absorbed that burnt food smell.
Wipe it, or
scrub it if necessary. Continuously ring out your sponge or cloth while
cleaning. Be sure to have a clean dry cloth for your final wipes.
Throughout my many years of installing tile, and then becoming a
licensed tile contractor, I quickly learned immediately, basically from
day one, about how important and versatile vinegar is - a
multi-functional liquid serving as a superb cleaning product!
Needless to say, I use vinegar a lot.
Pro: Vinegar definitely does an amazing job at cleaning and disinfecting all sorts of hard and stubborn shizz.
Con: It's just that the smell of vinegar is what throws most people off kilter, even when it's diluted.
- Use equal parts 1:1 or more diluted 1:2 of vinegar and water.
- Place 1 cup of vinegar with 1-2 cups of water in a bowl.
- Then follow the remaining steps from the lemon water instructions above.
This vinegar and water solution may conquer the burnt food odors.
However, don't be surprised with the lingering smell of vinegar for a
couple days. Although it is initially unpleasant, it does become minute
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing for absorbing and neutralizing odors. I usually always keep an open box inside my refrigerator and another in my food pantry to help keep everything as fresh as possible.
- Prior to vacuuming, I often like to sprinkle some throughout the house. Allow it to settle in the carpet for about 5-10 minutes as it works it's magic, then vacuum.
- For an air deodorizer, drop a couple tablespoons into small containers and distribute them around the house. Let them hang out for a few days while they do their thing to get rid of that burnt popcorn smell.
- Baking soda is also great for cleaning up tough stains and messes, too. Add some to water and mix it into a paste. Apply it to the target areas such as your microwave or stove and simply rub it in and wash away. More stubborn areas may require a little elbow grease, so you'll need to scrub it until satisfied.
To neutralize the odors in your microwave:
Perform the same tasks as
explained for the lemon/orange hack as noted above. Just add a
tablespoon of baking soda along with the lemon water.
Be aware that the
baking soda will have a chemical reaction to the acids from the fruit
and will fizz up. So, only heat it up for about a minute or until it
begins to rise up. Then allow it to rest in the microwave for 5-10 minutes.
Not only should the lemon and/or orange get
rid of that burnt popcorn smell, but the baking soda will deodorize the
fan and every nook and cranny inside. This should help ensure that any food and liquids that you heat up won't become infused with that
burnt food taste.
Not all people enjoy coffee.
For example, my wife does not like it. Something about the taste of it really turns her off. No matter what special ingredients and flavorings are added to it, she can still taste the coffee through anything.
So, when she does need a caffeine boost, she goes to her favorite coffee spot and orders a chai tea. The owner knows her so well, that as soon as he spots her coming, he's already whipping one up for her.
I actually enjoy a big cup of coffee first thing in the morning. So much so that the aromas and taste is quite pleasant to me.
Anyways, there's basically a couple options with coffee that can be used for your microwave.
- Add a few tablespoons of fresh coffee grounds to about a cup of water. Microwave for about 3 minutes. Let it stand and steam for about 15 minutes before removing.
- You can also just leave a small container of fresh coffee grounds sitting in the microwave for a day.
Folgers Instant Coffee
5. Baked Goodies
This is the most important task out of the five, in my opinion. lol ;-)
One of the best ways for getting rid of the smell of burnt popcorn is to cook more food. But not just any food.
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Themed Cake
Bake some of your favorite smelling and tasting desserts. Something with sweet ingredients like cinnamon, sugar, ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar, and whatever other savory spices and seasonings that will permeate.
How about cookies, cinnamon rolls, dutch apple pies (one of my favorite desserts), peach cobbler, butter pecan cake, pumpkin pie, etc.
Baking our favorite goodies will most definitely fill the air and have the house wafting full of delicious aromas, am I right?
After all, you deserve to have your cake and eat it too. Cheers!