Saturday, September 08, 2007

Burned Popcorn

Zach pushed too many buttons on the microwave the other evening when he was popping some popcorn. He doesn't stay around to wait on it so the result was a bag of popcorn that was reduced to cinders. Since then I've been trying to get the smell out of the microwave and my house.

Febreeze has done a lot towards reducing the nasty smell in the house but the microwave is another matter.

I first tried vinegar,,,zapped it several times, left it in there to cool, then washed the inside of the microwave out with the vinegar... Still had the cindered popcorn smell but with a pickled undertone.

Next I tried lemon. I zapped that lemon several times too. First in a bowl with a little water, then just tossed it in and tried it. Could still smell the popcorn-pickle, but now there was also a lemony smell added to it.

Oh, and I tried frebreezing it too,,,didn't work but it added floral notes to the others.

I just looked online and saw that someone there suggested vanilla. I may come up with a new frangrance here if this keeps up.


Miriam said...

Have you tried baking soda? A kind of paste of baking soda and water spread all around. No need to "zap" it, just let it sit there for a good while (leave the door open), and wipe it off with a clean damp cloth. I hope it works.

PEA said...

LOL well your microwave certainly does have quite a unique smell of its own now! I've burned popcorn in those bags so many times, I finally quit buying them and now use my hot popper. xox

Sally said...

Maybe you'll come up with a mixture you can bottle and sell!! My microwave bit the, now I'm poppin the old fashioned way. :)

Attila The Mom said...

Believe it or not, the microwave Big Kid took with him to college came home in the same condition.

I've tried everything I could imagine...even bleach water. If you figure out how to get rid of the smell, let me know!!

Willowtree said...

I've always that found nilodor works well.

Special K said...

Ew. Burnt microwave popcorn is the WORST. (Well, burnt-to-a-cinder cauliflower is right up there, too.)

jazzi said...

My office is right across the hall from the microwave, and it's amazing how many people burn their popcorn. Sure stinks up our offices!

T*mmy said...

There is nothing worse than the smell of burnt popcorn!! I had a good friend that I worked with that loved to pop a bag for lunch...and she burt it "every" time...I think she did it to keep others from "helping" her eat!!

Have you heard about the fact that there is a chemical in the buttered microwave popcorns that can give you "popcorn lung"??

mreddie said...

That is a difficult odor. My Spice doesn't care for the odor left when I nuke a whole onion on occasion. I do like onions cooked that way - can't hardly eat them raw. ec

Virginia Gal said...

I got nothing - no Heloise hints, nothing to get out the smell. (laughing) but I felt I had to put in my two cents.

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