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Cleaning a smelly microwave oven. Any tips?

Discussion in 'Homemade Products' started by sumi, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Dec 5, 2017
    sumi

    sumi Super Self-Sufficient Administrator

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    A few weeks ago DS sacrificed a packet of microwave popcorn in my almost brand new microwave oven. I sprayed it thoroughly inside with kitchen cleaner and scrubbed the oven to within an inch of it's life and I cleaned it quite a few times since, but it still smells when I cook something in there that makes steam. For example this evening I pre-cooked some potatoes in there before roasting them. When I opened the door I got hit with the smell of burnt popcorn.

    Any ideas on what I can do to get that smell out for good?
     
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    Chic Rustler

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    microwaves have an air circulation system. Probably just have to wait it out
     
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    moxies_chickennuggets

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    Microwave a bowl of distilled vinegar maybe? Dilute in water half and half. Let it sit overnight. Or longer. The smell is all up in the unit, where you can't reach it to clean it.
     
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    Britesea

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    Hinotori

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    I always use the vinegar method for steam cleaning the microwave. I don't dilute it, but then the hot vinegar next helps clean the sink faucet.

    For smell you can do water and lemon juice to help. Unplug (if you can) and leave the door open for a bit as well.
     
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    sumi

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    Thank you! I'm going to try the vinegar today and see how it goes.
     
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    sumi

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    Sorry I didn't update sooner. I put a bowl of diluted vinegar in the microwave after I cooked some potatoes in it, so it was hot and steamy (and smelly!) in there already. I cooked the vinegar for about 3 minutes and the burned popcorn smell seems to be gone :) I didn't get another whiff of it since. Thanks so much for the tip!
     
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