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I put some 4 envelopes in the microwave to loosen the postage stamps to reuse. The envelopes caught on fire and the smell is awful. I have an open house tomorrow to sell my house. Ouch. Help.
By Maggie from White Lake, MI
I have great 3 suggestions for you:
1) Put 1 part white vinegar (or any kind of vinegar) into 4 or 5 parts of water & microwave this until it boils & starts to produce steam, then open the microwave door so the steam from the vinegar-water goes out all over the kitchen & rest of the home... Believe it or not, vinegar removes odors! ...If your microwave still stinks, simply keep the microwave door shut & boil for a minute or 2 so the steam will penetrate the inside of the microwave. Do this at least 2 or 3 hours before your guests arrive, not right before or the house will smell like vinegar!
2) Run out & buy yourself some vanilla Febreze room or fabric spray & spray it all over your furniture & carpeting because the burnt smell may have gotten into the rugs & upholstered furniture. I suggest Vanilla because it's a light scent & is supposed to be a scent that most people love because it reminds us of when we were young & our mother baked cookies. Don't do this right before your guests arrive, do it at least an hour before they arrive so the scent dissipates.
3) Instead of using smelly room sprays that many people hate, right before your guests arrive turn your stove burner on to low then sprinkle a tiny bit of plan ground cinnamon powder directly on to the burner then immediately turn the burner off. The cinnamon will make your home smell like you've been baking! Yummy!
* A NOTE: Be sure the cinnamon powder does not contain any sugar!
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Does anyone have a tip on how to remove a horrible smell from the microwave and kitchen? My daughter tried to cook noodles in a plastic bowl and forgot to add water. The microwave is stained and smelly. Please help.
Chop a lemon and put in some water in a microwaveable dish. Nuke on high for about 3 minutes, let it stand overnight and repeat in the morning (make sure you still have water). Then wipe clean.
Place a small bowl of water add about 2 Tablespoons of baking soda set microwave for 3 minutes. After its done let sit for about 5 minutes, then clean up with towel. It cleans your microwave and takes stench out.
If all else fails, put some fresh coffee grounds (not used grounds) in a shallow container (jar lid is good) and let sit in there when you are not using it. They will absorb the odor and leave the microwave smelling like coffee (A good smell).
My mother always used celery. You can wipe your hands on a small chunk for smelly onion, fish, etc. Or you can put it in water and boil to freshen the air from cooking smells. If you cook cabbage or brussels sprouts, greens that linger, just put the celery stalk in the water with it. You can also do this if cooking crab, lobster, fish or other steamed or boiled seafood or fresh water fish. Use the leaves, also.
This will help stop the odor before it is a problem. If it already exists clean the kitchen area and proceed with the simmering celery on the stove or in the microwave. Eat it. Eat it raw to remove food after taste and to freshen breath. Like after onions or garlic or good stinky cheeses at parties and such when you cannot get away to brush and gargle.