Can you prevent the smell of something burnt in your home? Of course, you can! Sometimes you spend a little more time looking at the screen or just decide to multitask and forget that you’ve left something in the microwave… And before you know it, your whole home smells of burnt food! Once the damage has been done, how do you get rid of that burnt smell in the microwave?
It’s hard to avoid, isn’t it? But it does happen to everyone! And if you’re still smelling it, even after the big holiday clean-up, you need to take action. How do you get rid of that burnt smell in the microwave? You can do it in just a few steps and in just a few minutes! Read on!
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How to Get Rid of Burnt Smell in Microwave?
Why does the microwave smell of something burnt? Some smells linger for days or even months. They stick to clothes, skin, walls, and leather furniture. It’s nauseating, like the smell of smoke that lingers after a night out with friends. What guarantees good cleaning results is to react right away, just after you’ve finished microwaving. A long-lasting splash or spill is a potential hazard later on. To avoid fire, examine the inside of your oven or microwave after use and clean immediately with a sponge or damp cloth. Keeping it clean means being free of unpleasant odours.
Well, you haven’t had much luck with chicken rice. But did you know that there are some foods that should never be put in the microwave? No? Nutritionists recommend consulting this list of health hazards.
If you read this article to the end, you’ll hear from a few consumers and how they personally dealt with the burnt smell in their microwave.
How to Get Rid of Burnt Smell in Microwave Without Lemon: First Consumer Report
What happens most often is that you put the bag of popcorn in and don’t select the right mode. By the time you notice the burning smell, it’s too late to do anything about it. So how do you get rid of the burning smell in the microwave? First, I inspected the walls, top and bottom of the microwave. What annoys me most is finding residue in the corners of the appliance. But what can you do, you’ve got to go for it!
I put a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl and heated it on high for 3 minutes. The steam helped to loosen all the residue on the sides. I then soaked a soft cloth in water mixed with a little dishwashing soap and wiped it clean, pressing hard. Finally, I rinsed with clean water using a clean sponge and wiped with a dry cloth. For the next 2–3 hours, I left the appliance door open to ventilate.
How Do You Get Rid of a Burning Smell Easily? Second Report
Our second consumer included lemon juice when cleaning the microwave, along with vinegar. The properties of these natural cleaners make the cleaning process much easier. In particular, a persistent, strong smell can be eliminated by an even stronger one.
Sometimes, after cleaning with water and dishwashing soap, the microwave is clean, but the smell remains. In this case, you need to bring the big guns into play. Add lemon juice and vinegar to the bowl of water. Heat on high for 3 to 5 minutes. The smell of lemon dominates and is to be preferred.
If you don’t want to go through the first step, try cleaning up the splattered food after spraying with the lemon juice and vinegar solution. But according to the report, the smell will surely go away if the cleaning is done first. Wipe the microwave with paper towels or a dry sponge.
Also read: How to clean the oven with lemon? 3 natural ways to make your oven spotless with lemons!
What About Using Baking Soda? Third Consumer Report!
Remember the magical properties of soda bicarbonate as a cleaning agent? While there are some things that you should never clean with baking soda, it will be your nocturnal ally if you put some in an open bowl and leave it in the microwave for 8 hours overnight. Let everyone know that it’s in the appliance.
What else is in your box of strong-smelling spices? Vanilla and bay leaves. Try it out by following the instructions with the bowl of water. Mix a sachet of vanilla with a small cup of water. Heat in a bowl for 3 to 4 minutes at maximum power.
You can also use bay leaves: just put a few in water and heat.
The smell of coffee is known to ‘stick’ to nearby objects and food. If you want to test it out, put a few teaspoons of coffee in a bowl and leave it in your microwave overnight.
Don’t forget prevention, react quickly and above all, concentrate when microwaving!