How to remove a burnt smell from a microwave oven

Written by melynda sorrels
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The microwave is one of the most convenient items in the kitchen. Reheating food is so much quicker with the microwave, but every now and then something will leave a potent smell. Anything that accidentally burnt can cause an unpleasant, lingering odour. There are several methods for removing this unfortunate smell and they will barely cause a break in stride in a busy kitchen.

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Things you need

  • Lemon
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towel
  • Coffee grounds

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  1. 1

    Place a cut up lemon in a microwave safe bowl with enough water to cover the lemon. Microwave for five minutes or until the water boils. Leave the bowl in the microwave until it is cool.

  2. 2

    Pour vanilla extract in a microwave safe bowl. Heat vanilla in a bowl, turn off the microwave and let the vanilla sit for 12 hours.

  3. 3

    Dab a paper towel in vinegar and wipe down the entire inside of the microwave with it. Add more vinegar as necessary.

  4. 4

    Pour vinegar into a microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave for at least 5 minutes. Vinegar absorbs odours.

  5. 5

    Place used coffee grounds in the microwave and close the door for several hours or overnight. Repeat this process until the odour is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • If the smell is coming from the mechanical workings of the microwave unplug it immediately and do not use it.

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