How Do I Clean up a Melted Plastic Bowl in the Microwave?

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Having a plastic dish melt in the microwave can happen even after you've carefully checked that the plastic dish was safe for the microwave. Keep in mind that single-use microwave containers should never be reused and that certain all-purpose microwave containers may melt or leach onto food if they get old or crack. When a plastic bowl or other container does melt in the microwave, it's easy to clean it up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dishcloth
  • Ammonia
  • Ice scraper
  • Scouring pad
  • Dish soap

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  1. 1

    Allow the melted bowl to cool in the microwave before you touch it, so you don't get burnt.

  2. 2

    Saturate a dishcloth in ammonia and squeeze out the excess, leaving the cloth wet but not dripping. The cloth should be large enough to cover the bowl and surfaces inside the microwave where the melted plastic has stuck.

  3. 3

    Lay the soaked cloth over the bowl and melted plastic in the microwave. All affected surfaces must have direct contact with the ammonia-soaked cloth.

  4. 4

    Slide an ice scraper under the melted parts of the plastic bowl, with one hand holding onto the ammonia cloth that is still resting on the bowl. Gently dislodge the melted plastic from the bottom of the microwave.

  5. 5

    Scrub the bottom of the microwave with a wet scouring pad. Add a few drops of dish soap to assist you.

Tips and warnings

  • During Step 3, open the windows and keep the room well ventilated.

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