How To Get Burnt Smell Out Of Your Microwave. Odor Expert Shows How.

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Struggling to find exactly how to get that burnt smell out of your microwave? Foods that are over cooked can often burn and leave a nasty odor for the next user and the smell can potentially transfer over to their food.

Hey guys, I’m Craig the Odor Removal Expert. Today’s case study stems from my wife’s beautiful curry that she cooked and yes, the leftovers tasted better the next day…BUT now we have a major curry smell in our microwave!! To add to the case study, I’ve added some burnt popcorn to the mix to see how good this techniqie really is!

I have done many of these over the years and always got a good outcome for the client.

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Remove burnt food odors in a microwave by cutting up lemons or oranges into small pieces and placing in a bowl half filled with water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Place in the microwave on high for 2 minutes and do this 4 times with a 15 second pause in between each session to let the steam build up. Wipe clean with a vanilla oil and a warmed soft damp cloth.

Watch me below to learn exactly how we removed the burnt smell from our microwave!

Our Method For Removing Curry Odor and Burnt Popcorn Smell From Your Microwave

New Unique Microwave Odor Eliminator Method

Cleaning microwave odor using Lemon or Orange cuttings is a very old 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 feel it needs a turbo boost! so we added a special twist which worked very well on our problem microwave (burnt popcorn and curry odor) and has been used by us since year 2000.

Step 1: Cut up an orange or lemon into half a bowl of warm water

Using fresh lemons or fresh oranges cut the fruit up into small sized pieces including the peel and place these into a medium sized bowl that is half filled with cold water and already inside the microwave. Be careful and always cut away from yourself to be safe.

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Step 2: Microwave the orange or lemon pieces for 8 minutes in 2 minute segments with 15 sec pause in between each one 

Using the “High” setting on your microwave set the microwave to two minutes and wait until it has finished.

Let the steam build up for 15 seconds and then repeat again for total of 8 minutes. Be sure to not let the water in the bowl boil over and check water levels if you have a very powerful microwave i.e, over 1500 watts so the skin does not burn.

The pausing in between microwaving will help the steam, oil and heat penetrate deep into the wall liners and metal bases to help expand the pores and let the acid do its work.

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Step Three : The secret sauce! Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the remaining liquid and microwave for one minute

Ensure there is still water in the bowl along with the cuttings and add 1 teaspoon of sodium bi-carbonate or baking soda and mix in throughly. Blast on high for one minute and let the solution settle.

The bicarbonate reacts with the acids in the citrus and helps break down the odor causing particles found in the residues from the popcorn and curry odor. Leave for 5 minutes and then remove the bowl.

Add one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to the bowl and mix in


Step Four: Wipe the inside of the microwave with a small amount of vanilla oil on a damp warm cloth.

Heat a small, clean cloth above a boiling jug or in a separate microwave and apply some vanilla essence to the cloth (10-15 drips is enough) .

Wipe the inside of the microwave ensuring all residues from the previous treatment are removed and ensure the vanilla oil comes in contact with all the flat surfaces.

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Verdict: Removing Burnt Smell From Your Microwave

There you have it! A successful technique to remove burnt smell from the microwave. Now my wife’s curry and added popcorn smell is all but a distant memory!

Give it a go at home and don’t forget the secret sauce (the baking soda) to react with the acids in the lemon or orange to help break down the stubborn curry or burnt odors. I hope this helps you to remove the burnt smell from your microwave once and for all!