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Smelly Microwave? How to Clean a Stinky Microwave

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Smelly microwave? If you’ve burnt popcorn or experienced an “explosion” – it’s common to find yourself with a bit of a “smelly situation” when you open your microwave door.

Microwaves are made of heavy-duty plastic and are prone to lock in odors. It can sometimes be difficult to remove them. Luckily, we have a solution that may work for you!

Process to Clean a Stinky Microwave

A method to try when facing an odor filled microwave is using white vinegar.

Follow the steps below to help remove the odor:

  1. Wipe visible food and splatters out of the microwave.
  2. Bring 1-cup water and 3 tablespoons white vinegar to boil in the microwave.
  3. Turn off the microwave and leave the door closed for 10 minutes to let the steam cover all interior surfaces.
  4. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a damp, clean cloth.
  5. Leave the door open for an hour to let the appliance air out.

Preventing a Stinky Microwave

What can you do to prevent a smelly microwave? Clean it often! We recommend at least once a month, but whenever you have a “microwave mishap”, be sure to clean it up right away!

Be sure to wipe down the interior of the microwave and be sure to wipe any spills and remove any left-over debris. If you have any stubborn leftovers, use two parts baking soda and one-part water and let it set on the stubborn stain for about 5 minutes. Use a sponge and you should be able to remove that stubborn food residue. 

Another method is to use a lemon (sliced in half) and a tablespoon of water in the microwave for one minute. Use a rag of paper towel and wipe the steam from the door and sides. The lemon works as a natural deodorizer.

Choose SERVPRO for Odor Removal

If your home or business has an odor, from smoke to mold or any other type of smell, you need the odor removal experts.

SERVPRO of Franklin County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from several sources both inside and outside a structure.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Call us today for an estimate: (636) 583-5200

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