How to remove odour from your microwave

How to remove odour from your microwave

Microwave cooking has always been convenient, especially if you’re living alone. Yet everyone knows how terrible it is to have a microwave oven with a bad odour. When you use a microwave oven over time, when you’re heating up food, it will start to absorb the different smells. However, there are easy ways to clean it which will help with removing the bad odour.

There are a few helpful tips for all those different pesky smells.

Water and vinegar trick

People who love popcorn all know how horrible it is when you burn popcorn. Not only does it taste bad, but it also leaves a horrible odour which never seems to want to go away. However, there is a way for you to remove the smell.

You can fill up a bowl with half a cup of water and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Vinegar absorbs smells, so you would have to heat up the bowl of vinegar water for four to five minutes. Once it’s done, leave it for an extra 10 to 15 minutes.  

The steam will remove the odour, regardless of the microwave’s size. Once the 15 minutes are over, you can clean the inside of the microwave.  

Use baking soda

If the first trick doesn’t work, you can use baking soda. Baking soda has many helpful uses and now you can add “microwave cleaner” to the list.

Soak the sponge in vinegar and add some bicarbonate of soda on top. Once you have done that, heat the sponge up for 25 seconds. Make sure that you clean the whole microwave, as well as the glass tray inside and the microwave door.

Another baking soda tip to remove odour would be to leave a box of baking soda inside the microwave and leave it overnight. It doesn’t mask the smell, but it works as a neutralizer.

Nail polish remover

Believe it or not, nail polish remover is a fantastic way to remove burned food smell and those yellow grime marks. All you have to do is soak a cotton ball with acetone nail polish and scrub the marks. Even the worst, most stubborn marks will come off.

Once you have removed the smell, use vinegar water and soap to remove the smell of the nail polish. If you still aren’t satisfied, you can remove the smell with the following tip.

The power of citrus

You can either use an orange or lemon. Peel and slice the fruit in half. If you’re using an orange, use the skin which you peeled off. If you’re using the lemon, don’t peel the skin off, just cut it in half.  

Then place the fruit in a bowl of water and warm up the fruit water for four minutes. You need to watch carefully in order for you to make sure the fruit doesn’t burn and the water doesn’t spill over. Just like the vinegar water, we want to use the steam and not the actual water.  


Coffee isn’t just an energy booster and for all those who love the smell of coffee, this tip is perfect for you. You can use coffee grounds to remove bad odour. All you need to do is place the coffee grounds in a bowl or on a dinner plate and leave it in your microwave for the whole day.

For coffee lovers who don’t mind the smell, you can add some water to the coffee grounds and heat it up for two to three minutes.

More tips

These are tips to help you keep your microwave clean.

  • Try to wash or wipe your microwave often, even after every use. This will help manage the smell. Remember to wipe the microwave dry before you use it again.
  • Don’t wait for stains to dry. If you see a splatter or stain, wipe it immediately because it’s harder to clean once it dries up.
  • Try to cover up your food when you’re using the microwave. The fewer spills you have, the less cleaning you will need to do.
  • Watch your food, don’t let it burn or overcook as those are the reasons why your microwave has a bad smell.
  • After using your microwave, leave it open for a few minutes just to let fresh air in.

If you have been trying these tips and nothing seems to work, maybe you need to get a new . If you’re noticing that your microwave has a funny smell, smokes or sparks up when using it or it’s no longer cooking food properly, it might be time for a replacement as technology has changed and the latest microwaves are energy-efficient.

There are different types of microwaves on the market. There are built-in models or countertop microwaves.  

Authored by: mjones

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