How to get burnt smell out of microwave. 5 Easy ways! - Odordude

How to get burnt smell out of microwave. 5 Easy ways!

By / November 12, 2016
Here are 5 Simple Steps on how get burnt smell out of a microwave and how to get rid of other odors in your microwave also.

Quite often certain foods you cook in your microwave leave a nasty odor which can be transferred to other foods, ruining the flavors. In this article we cover off how to remove these odors and we also have a look at a case study on how to get burnt smell out of microwave. In the case study we use burnt popcorn odor and a very strong curry odor as a sample case.

Odors in microwaves usually lasts for weeks sometimes and come back every time the machine is used.
The smell is caused by the steam and oil found in foods and in burnt popcorn situations it is caused by the smoke residues.

There are many methods to eliminate the odor from your microwave with the things already available in your house. The best thing about these ingredients are that they are easier to use, obtain and will get rid of the odor.
We tested all the methods below and you can see the best result in the video attached to this page.
I used my microwave as it was smelling terrible (I got distracted when cooking popcorn one day and nuked it!! opps).
Lemon or Orange  Technique (and baking soda as shown in video below)
Four Star rating Odor Removal from Microwave
Cleaning microwave odor using Lemon or orange is a very old but effective trick. All you have to do is put a lemon or orange slice at the bottom of a cup with half water and for 5 minutes heat it in the microwave, then wipe the microwave to clean it. But we added a special twist which work very well on our problem microwave which had burnt popcorn and curry odor.

get burnt smell out microwave

Step One: Cut up an orange into half a bowl of warm water

remove burnt smell from microwave

Step Two: Microwave the Orange for 8 minutes in 2 minute segments with 15 sec pause in between each one
remove odor from microwave

Step Three : Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the liquid and microwave for one minute

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Step Four : Wipe the microwave out with warm water and gentle detergent and enjoy a clean smelling microwave. 

More techniques for removing burnt smell from microwave

Vanilla in your microwave
Other easy ways to clean microwave is by placing vanilla extract in a bowl of water and cook it until it boils. Let the solution settle in the microwave for about half hour and then wipe clean the inside of the microwave. This certainly leaves the microwave smelling fresh and “vanillery” like but did not do a great job on remvoing the smoke or curry odor

Baking Soda

Moreover, a useful remedy to clean microwave is using baking soda. You need to place baking soda in a bowl of water and cook it for 6 minutes on high setting then allow it to settle in for an hour. After letting the solution settle in wipe the insides and then clean the microwave with soap and water.
An alternate way is by dipping a cloth in a solution of water and baking soda, then cleaning the microwave by wiping with the cloth.


Another useful trick is to get burnt smell out microwave is to use cloves for cleaning out the bad smell from your microwave. First you can clean the interior of the microwave with soap and water. And then place ¼ cup of cloves in the microwave till you use the microwave again. The cloves have a natural chemical that absorbs bacteria and helps with a smelly microwave. Not great for smoke but better on fish odors in a icrowave so we gave this one a low score.


Berries are also used for cleaning odor in microwave, you just need put a bowl of mixed berries in a microwave and cover it with cling wrap. Then cook it in microwave for 1-2 minutes and remove from oven. The berries will give a beautiful smell and eliminate the stinky smell. Well that was a fail, the smell came back the next day
Follow these simple, environmental friendly ways to sanitize you microwave and to give them a fresh smell.

There are various ways in which you can use white vinegar to clean your microwave from odor.
Put 4 teaspoons of white vinegar in a bowl of water and microwave it for 6 minutes. Then leave the solution in the microwave for an hour and then wipe the insides. The steam collates inside the microwave and this makes it easier to remove the smells. This technique is particularly good for getting fish smell out microwave. After that you can clean the microwave using soap and water as a final process.
Another way to get rid of odor is by placing a bowl of white vinegar in the microwave and let it set in the microwave until the odor is eliminated. Then you can clean the insides of the microwave with soap and water.
Moreover, an alternate way to sanitize the microwave’s interior is with soap and water then reverse the process as above and wipe down the interior with a cloth soaked with water and white vinegar. Love it. So in this case the steam is your friend as it helps you clean burnt smell from microwave.

Well we hope you enjoyed that, and it helps you with removing your microwave odors.

Don’t forget to check out our Ozone Machine Reviews also also

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