Given the wide range of foods that get passed through it, your microwave oven can get a little smelly from time to time. Usually you can eliminate odors by giving the oven a good cleaning.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Vacuum With Plastic Crevice Attachment
- White Vinegar
- Small Bowl
Unplug the oven and unfasten the cabinet body, using a screwdriver. The body should be attached along the back as well as along the sides or bottom.
Slide the cabinet body back slightly to clear any internal brackets, then lift it off.
Clean the oven, using a vacuum with plastic crevice attachment. Vacuum the fan and other internal parts, then vacuum the vents underneath the oven, on the back and inside the chamber.
Reassemble the oven and plug it in.
Fill a small bowl with a 50-50 mixture of water and white vinegar, then set it in the oven and turn the oven on high for 5 minutes. When the mixture boils, it will remove stubborn smells inside the vents and loosen food particles on the oven walls.
Wipe down the oven walls with a clean sponge.
Tips and warnings
- Occasionally, electrical parts will burn and produce a foul smell. If so, unplug your oven and call a professional.
- Never put your hands or any metal object inside the cabinet. You could get shocked.