How To Get Rid of Burnt Smell From Microwave



We have all done it. Over- cooked popcorn in the microwave or got distracted enough to put that TV dinner in for 30 minutes instead of 3 minutes. Now your house smells like burnt food, your microwave is weirdly yellow and you can’t help but scrunch your eyes and think about how to clean it. Every time you use your microwave that burnt smell lingers on your food and throughout the kitchen. Here are some fool-proof ways to defeat that nasty smell and make your home smell fresh and clean once more.

vinegar-bottle-1473286-640x480The Classic Vinegar

Instead of microwaving a vinegar and water combination, lets use a higher-power cleanse. Soak a sponge with vinegar and then coat the top with baking soda and microwave this for about 30 seconds. Use this sponge to wipe down the inside of the microwave, the microwave door, the glass tray and underneath the glass tray. Ta-da!

my-hand-1438192-640x480.jpgAcetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

If vinegar didn’t cut it, try acetone-free nail polish remover. Soak cotton balls with the remover and wipe down the microwave. Then, wipe the inside down again with soap and then vinegar water to get rid of the polish remover. There will be a lingering chemical smell, so to get rid of that, use the classic vinegar method again.


If there are some lingering smells, use a couple of peeled oranges or a lemon to cut the smell. Place the fruit in a bowl of 1-2 cups of water and microwave it for 4 minutes. Make sure not to walk away as the citrus peels can burn. Once the 4 minutes is up, try to leave the bowl in the microwave with the door closed for a few hours.


If you’d prefer a vanilla scent over a citrus, try to microwave 4 tablespoons of vanilla extract in a bowl until it boils. Leave it in the microwave for another half an hour, and then wipe down the walls of the appliance.



Further, if you would prefer a fruity smell over a citrus smell, microwave a bowl of mixed berries in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute and a half. Be sure to have cling-wrap over the berries as they will be melting and could potentially create a mess. The berries will not absorb any bad odors, but they will certainly overcome them.

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Baking Soda

After all of that, if there is still a leftover stench, leave an opened box of baking soda in your microwave overnight. This will absorb the smell and it will not add any odor at all.




If you really love the smell of coffee, leave the leftover coffee grounds from your coffee in a bowl in the microwave all day. If you add half a cup of water and microwave it for 3 minutes, that could also help speed up the process.


If none of these tips work to get that pesky odor out of your microwave, call your local technician to see if the filter is ready to be replaced. If you have an over-the-range microwave, the filter may have absorbed other odors that are contributing to the way your microwave area is smelling. Good luck!

Have a question or additional tip?  Leave it in the comments below!  If you found this post helpful, be sure to like and share it and subscribe to the 1st Source Servall Blog for more tips and tricks for your appliances!

Written by: Madison Jezioro

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