A microwave oven is an essen­tial attribute of a mod­ern kitchen. She is a great help to any house­wife. In addi­tion to heat­ing ready-made prod­ucts, it is easy to pre­pare a quick break­fast here, bake in a sleeve or defrost meat. But like oth­er house­hold appli­ances, a microwave oven requires care. The main prob­lem encoun­tered when using a microwave oven is the appear­ance of an unpleas­ant odor. To under­stand how to get rid of the smell in the microwave, you need to estab­lish the caus­es of its occur­rence.

A little about chemicals

Store shelves and coun­ters pro­vide a rich assort­ment of a wide vari­ety of house­hold chem­i­cals. Com­po­si­tions of aggres­sive com­po­nents will eas­i­ly cope with any prob­lem of clean­ing kitchen appli­ances. But not every house­wife will trust the adver­tised chem­i­cal agent to clean the inner sur­face of the microwave. There are a num­ber of rea­sons for this. The main ones are the high cost of house­hold chem­i­cals and aes­thet­ic and envi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions regard­ing the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of food prod­ucts and chem­i­cal­ly aggres­sive agents.

Indus­tri­al clean­ers are not intend­ed for human con­sump­tion, even a drop of left­over sub­stance in a microwave oven can cause sig­nif­i­cant harm to health. There­fore, house­wives, who have been using appli­ances for heat­ing and cook­ing food for many years, have cre­at­ed their own secrets on how to get rid of the smell of burn­ing in the microwave. Expe­ri­enced meth­ods are safe, but no less effec­tive in use than house­hold chem­i­cals. The main rule before using this or that method is to care­ful­ly remove food residues from the inner walls of the microwave. Per­haps a sim­ple wash with a kitchen sponge and dish­wash­ing deter­gent will help to remove the unpleas­ant odor. If the clean­ing did not give pos­i­tive results and every­thing smells of burn­ing from the oven, it is worth try­ing one of the more effec­tive clean­ing meth­ods. (Read also: How to remove odor from a mul­ti­cook­er?)

Folk microwave cleaning methods

Cleansing with water and lemon

Lemon is a won­der­ful and very use­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tive of cit­rus fruits. It has a lot of advan­tages, includ­ing the abil­i­ty to elim­i­nate a wide vari­ety of unpleas­ant odors, such as burn­ing, fat, fish and oth­er prod­ucts. In the case of a microwave, the recipe for using it is quite sim­ple. You need to take one medi­um-sized lemon and cut into cir­cles right along with the peel. Put half of the rings in a con­tain­er, add water there. Next, put the con­tain­er in the oven and, turn­ing it on at full pow­er, bring the water to a boil, con­tin­u­ing the process for five min­utes. Then do the same with the sec­ond half of the cit­rus. When the treat­ment is over, the smell of burn­ing will be com­plete­ly elim­i­nat­ed.

Get rid of odors with activated charcoal

You can remove the set­tled smell of burn­ing inside the microwave using acti­vat­ed char­coal. Ten tablets of coal must be com­plete­ly crushed into pow­der, put on a saucer and left in the oven for 12–15 hours. The result is excel­lent — the ombré gary dis­ap­pears com­plete­ly!


See also: How to remove odor from a new ket­tle?

Baking soda cleaning method

Bak­ing soda will help get rid of unpleas­ant odors. Two tea­spoons of soda should sim­ply be dilut­ed with three table­spoons of water until com­plete­ly dis­solved. The result­ing liq­uid should wipe the inside walls of the microwave. After an hour, the pro­ce­dure is rec­om­mend­ed to be repeat­ed. This method is incred­i­bly sim­ple — you do not need to heat, boil or rinse any­thing.

We clean natural coffee

It’s no secret that cof­fee beans can effec­tive­ly remove almost any bad smell. We need to brew a small cup of an invig­o­rat­ing drink (with­out sug­ar) and it is with them, applied to a nap­kin, to wipe the inside of the device. After 3–5 hours, the applied and dried drink must be washed off with water. The smell of burn­ing will dis­ap­pear, and instead, when used, the device will delight you with a pleas­ant aro­ma of cof­fee for sev­er­al more days. More­over, the cof­fee aro­ma will come only from the very inside of the oven, absolute­ly not touch­ing the taste and smell of food.

Cleaning with table vinegar

Table vine­gar is known for its abil­i­ty to remove odors of var­i­ous ori­gins. To clean the microwave oven, table vine­gar should be mixed with water (one to one) and the result­ing solu­tion should be wiped well inside the kitchen appli­ances. Next, you need to once again remove the inner walls and parts, only this time just with a wash­cloth or a nap­kin dipped in water. After the pro­ce­dure, it is rec­om­mend­ed to leave the door open for a cou­ple of min­utes to allow the rest of the vine­gar to com­plete­ly dis­ap­pear.

Cleansing with natural herbs

With the help of nat­ur­al herbs, you can remove unpleas­ant amber in the microwave. Mint, thyme, laven­der or oth­er plants should be brewed togeth­er or singly. Place the result­ing broth in the microwave for half an hour at max­i­mum mode. Then wipe the walls with a dry kitchen tow­el.

Getting rid of the smell of table salt

Table salt is an indis­pens­able assis­tant in kitchen affairs. Expe­ri­enced house­wives are well aware of its prop­er­ties to absorb odors. To clean in the microwave, we need about one hun­dred grams of salt, it must be poured on a saucer and left in the switched off oven for the whole night. In the morn­ing, the device will sur­prise and delight you with the absence of a burn­ing aro­ma. After such a pro­ce­dure, it is bet­ter to throw out the salt itself, since it is no longer rec­om­mend­ed to use it as a sea­son­ing for food.


See also: How to descale a cof­fee machine?

Preventive measures

In order to per­ma­nent­ly remove the unpleas­ant smells of burn­ing, old fat or fish and then you don’t have to spend time elim­i­nat­ing them, you just need to fol­low cer­tain oper­a­tional rules:

  1. Avoid using unsuit­able con­tain­ers. A detailed descrip­tion of non-rec­om­mend­ed dish­es can be found in the instruc­tions that are always attached to the appli­ance. Usu­al­ly, an unsuit­able con­tain­er is one that has shiny decor details (a gold rim around the edge, a pat­tern with gild­ing, etc.).
  2. Leave the door open for a short time after use. Thus, you can get rid of the smell in the microwave. Aro­mas will be able to fade slight­ly with­out “over­lap­ping” each oth­er.
  3. When cook­ing or in the heat­ing mode, it is rec­om­mend­ed to cov­er food with spe­cial cov­ers for the microwave oven or sim­ply with a suit­able emp­ty con­tain­er. So the fat from food does not pol­lute the walls, and the fla­vors do not accu­mu­late.
  4. The last rule is reg­u­lar pre­ven­tive clean­ing, which must be car­ried out at least once a month. To do this, you can use tooth­paste (prefer­ably mint) and an old tooth­brush. With the help of a brush and paste, you need to get to the far­thest cor­ners. After clean­ing, thor­ough­ly wash the walls and cor­ners and wipe dry.

Now you know how to remove the smell from the microwave with­out harm­ful prod­ucts.

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