How to Remove the Burned Smell from Microwave

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Microwave ovens are one kitchen essential gadget that everyone uses. But nobody wants a scorched smell coming out of the oven. If your microwave has gone through the process of burning a meal, you definitely understand what we are talking about. There is always a risk of the stinky smell spreading to the next meal you are about to heat up in the microwave.

So, it is really important to give your microwave a proper bath inside and out to get rid of all the internal debris as well as the bad odour.

You accidentally might have burned something inside your microwave. Maybe you microwaved it for too long. Once this occurs, you will have bad smell coming out of the gadget for hours, but there are ways to dissipate it quicker.

Whether you are trying to remove the odour of burnt chicken or the funky smell of eggs from your oven, we got you covered.

Inspecting your Microwave

The first thing you should do when you smell something bad coming out of your microwave, check the inside properly to see if there’s any rotten food or sauce splattered on the walls or underneath the rotating tray. Clean the junk and spills with soap water and leave the door open to dry. If this doesn’t work you can try the methods below:

Method 1: Baking Soda Odor Remover

Five teaspoons of baking soda, mixed with a half cup of water are enough to balance the smell of burnt food out. Keep the mixture inside a little microwave-safe bowl and keep it heated on high for about six minutes. If left inside the microwave for about an hour, the smell dies.



To clean the inside of the microwave, you might simply try soap and water too. Take a cloth and dip it inside a mixture of baking soda and water to further get rid of any unwarranted odours and marks.

Method: 2 Vanilla Extract and Water

After pouring in half a cup of water into a proper microwave bowl, add 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Stir the mixture properly and till it boils, microwave. For a minimum of half an hour, the bowl and the steam should be inside the microwave. Lastly, make sure you clean the microwave after it's done.

Method 3: Non-Heated Microwave Odor Eliminator

Clean all the sides, nooks and crannies of the microwave properly with hot soapy water. Take out the rotating tray and use a dishwashing soap bar or liquid soap to get rid of the food particles on it. For this, you can use your kitchen soap dispenser.

In order to get rid of the burnt smell, use a cup, whose quarter is filled with whole cloves, inside a microwave-safe dish. Put it inside the microwave and leave it inside till you're about to use the microwave again.

Method 4: Steam your microwave with Lemon Juice or Vinegar

Burnt fish or squashed eggs or plastic can create a comparatively strong odour than other food. In these cases, normal methods could vein. To remove strong odour you can use the acid in natural cleaners. Vinegar or lemon juice has been quite successful in this pathway.   

First, clean your microwave and get rid of the junk inside. Take a microwave-proof glass or pot and mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar. Now  heat the mixture for 3-5 minutes. Wipe the interior with a clean cloth. 

Method 5: Sponge Odor Remover

You can also soak a kitchen sponge in vinegar and wipe it around your microwave.  You can also keep the soaked sponge inside the microwave, sprinkle some baking soda on top and heat it for a high for 30 seconds. Then you can use the sponge to wipe it. Make sure to wipe the side, rotation slide and the glass door properly.

Method 6: Remove Microwave Odors With Coffee

If your odour remains even after the aforementioned techniques then deodorize it with coffee. Hot Coffee is a popular drink all over the world. But after making drinks it could be used to cleaning your house.  

Deodorize with Coffee



Take a small dish and put coffee and water on it. Microwave it for 10 minutes. Keep eye on the container every two minutes to top off the water as needed.

After the estimated time you will find that the coffee aroma has neutralized bad odours from the microwave. You can keep on repeating the process with fresh coffee grounds until the smell completely disappears.  

Method 7: Freshen Naturally and Air Things Out

A lot of people use air fresheners to reduce the burning smell, but it really does not work moreover makes your house smell like burned flowers. No need to spay chemical scents instead of that, you should naturally make your own air fresheners.

To achieve an impeccable citrus fresh scent, you might want to use lavender, lemon and orange peels.

Besides, you should open all the windows and the vents of your house to let air circulate. This way the natural aroma will also get circulated. 

Tips for Really Tough Odors

To dissipate really strong odour, you can combine two methods together. You can use lemon juice and coffee both to mitigate the smell quickly. Use clean clothes to wipe and clean your microwave.

You also should maintain the temperature level while heating anything inside your microwave. Prevention is always better than cure. Keep children away from the microwave and always stay alert while heating. 

Not all methods are going to work on reducing the smell. Coffee works best on burnt food odour and lemon juice is efficient for chemically produced smells.

Remember to take immediate actions to reduce the bad smell of your microwave or else not only will it get inside the food you eat but also will remain for days and weeks.

Kristy Warren

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