How to Get Rid of Microwave Smells

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How to Get Rid of Microwave Smells
Get Rid of Microwave Smells

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

  • Sponge
  • Vacuum With Plastic Crevice Attachment
  • White Vinegar
  • Small Bowl
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Slide the cabinet body back slightly to clear any internal brackets, then lift it off.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Reassemble the oven and plug it in.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

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