Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

Alright, my name is Haily. I'm 15 years old. So just recently, tonight, I got hungry and I really wanted macaroni and cheese. So, my mom got those little mac'n'cheese cups that go in the microwave. Well, being as stupid as I am, I put the cup in the microwave, forgetting to put water in it. I put it in the microwave for 2 minutes like they say. And well, it completely like melted, and burned the noodles to a crisp.

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I was home alone, so my parents didn't find out at first, so I opened the windows and doors and aired out the house. But I'm worried about getting the smell out of the microwave. We have one of those wall built in things, and my parents said that if I couldn't get the smell out of the microwave that I'm paying with my own money to get it fixed.

Now I'm looking for help. Not comments from people telling me that I'm irresponsible.
So, please, help?

--xoxo

By Haily from Pittsburgh, PA

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By Melanie Jackson 1 373 Flag

October 19, 2010

My answer to everything: Oranges! Always keep some on hand for just such disasters as burning food in the kitchen. Cut an orange into fourths, and heat it in the microwave just until it's hot enough to give the oven an orangey smell, do not burn it, or you'll have two problems. Cut two or three more oranges up, and lay them on plates elsewhere in the kitchen. The citrus odor will eventually overpower the burnt odor, and your sanity will be restored. :)

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By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

October 21, 2010

I think it eventually goes away on its own. The kids at school used to burn popcorn on a fairly regular basis -- and the microwaves didn't smell for too long.

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By Cindy 3 287 Flag

November 29, 2010

Are you certain that the microwave is safe to use after an internal fire? If so, here's a suggestion.

Leave a large (microwave safe) mixing bowl, with a couple of cups of white vinegar in the microwave overnight. (Door closed.) The next day, add some water and heat til the liquid boils. (Watch closely, you don't want to boil dry and start another fire.) Don't open the door and let it steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Once the liquid has cooled to warm, use a clean rag, dipping it into the water/vinegar mix and wringing it out, to wipe down the interior. You may have to repeat the boil and cool routine.

If it smells better, but you notice the smokey smell returning after regular use, it's probable that there is more damage than you thought and the oven is damaged to the point of being a fire hazard. If this happens, unplug the microwave and discontinue use until it is professionally repaired or just replace it. It's not worth the electrical fire risk to keep using it as is.

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By diane0514 6 6 Flag

February 8, 2011

I have heard that leaving charcoal in the microwave, fridge etc., takes the odor out. Good luck.

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By gramma 1 Flag

February 8, 2011

Gee Haily I bet you were really scared! That could have burned your house down. I hope you learned a lesson about paying attention to what you are doing from now on. Using vinegar for now, get lemon juice next and try to get rid of smell. Hope you have a lot of money saved up! This gramma had the very same thing happen last night. What a coincidence!

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By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

February 9, 2011

Accidents happen to anyone. If you have washed the inside good then the smell is in the vents. You will have to get that out Put a little vinegar water in a cup and heat for one minute then let it sit in there overnight. If that doesn't work but sone cinnamon water in a cup and try that. Eventually it will go away.

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By bmd 1 46 Flag

February 9, 2011

Haily, I want you to do me a favor. Please never think or refer to yourself as stupid again, okay? Your request to TF for advice is actually one of the most well-written I've seen here and you're only 15! The advice about vinegar and/or lemon juice from others is good and it sounds as though you've learned your lesson about taking time to really be sure of what you're doing before using any kind of machine or appliance. Stay safe and keep in touch with TF. There's lots of good advice here about lots of things. :-)

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By Paula Jo C. 24 261 Flag

February 9, 2011

Heating vinegar as told already will work but so will charcoal you use for your grill outside. Good luck to you - my 78 year old mother-in-law did the same thing a few mornings ago with a sausage biscuit, so accident can happen to anyone.

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By Denise 6 115 Flag

February 9, 2011

I agree with the vinegar. I sprayed just a bit of apple cider vinegar on the walls of the microwave and left it closed all night. The smell was gone in the morning. Hope the smell goes away for you!

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By ButterHalf 1 Flag

April 3, 2011

Haily: Guess what? I'm 55 years old and just did the exact same thing yesterday! Which is why I am on this site! I Googled this same question and found my way to ThrifyFun which I didn't know existed. So, your accident helped me find an excellent site and great help! See, there's always a silver lining!

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By KIM A TERRY 3 Flag

May 25, 2011

I am sorry your parents are taking it so harshly. Trust me, accidents happen to all of us especially when we are first learning to do something new. The smell will go away, but it will take a couple of days.

To help speed up the process wipe the inside "don't forget the top and the inside of the door" with lemon juice or white vinegar. Then place a microwaveable bowl or cup of white vinegar in the microwave for a couple of minutes, leave the door closed for 5 minutes after it is done. Then wipe down the inside with Vinegar once a day until the smell is gone. The smell will go away. :)

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By Phylll 1 Flag

August 2, 2011

Haily, I'll be 67 soon and just did a stupider thing than you ever thought of, and that is why my boyfriend found you. He was looking for a solution for my stench. I made bacon. I have always used paper towels under and over.

This time I had a bunch of flimsy napkins I wanted to use up. They caught fire. Heck of a nasty mess. I'm so glad you solicited all these great remedies. I'm going to use them all. Thank all of you for your understanding and kindness to us dummies. Phyl

PS Wish I'd thought to take a picture. I really wanted that bacon, too.

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By LaShiquewa 1 Flag

October 16, 2011

This is a really great trick that will take out the odor in no time. Take a bag of popcorn and open it up, dump the kernels into the microwave and turn it on. As the kernels pop, they will soak up the smell and you'll be fine. I wouldn't recommend eating the popcorn though, through it out after its been sitting fully popped in the microwave for five or ten minutes.

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By Atondra ChocolateSwirl C. 1 Flag

October 23, 2014

10.23.14 I don't have an answer and been trying to Google one. I just had to reply to this post because my 11 y/o daughter did the EXACT SAME THING on Tues and I'm trying to get the smell out of the microwave with NO luck. I can get the smoke out of the house, its just that every time you use the microwave the burn smell is emitted and that cant be healthy smelling that all the time.

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I was making one of those noodle microwave dishes (the black tray ones), I opened it up and put the dried vegetables in the container and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes. When there was a minute and something left, my kitchen was filled with smoke. I couldn't see inside microwave and the plastic tray melted. Now I have yellow staining and a nasty smell in my microwave. I also need help getting the gunk off the top of the microwave.

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By Dana 3 2 Flag

January 3, 2013

Easy solution to both problems...

Using a glass microwave safe bowl fill 3/4 full of water, add 2 spoon fulls of baking soda then place half a lemon in the bowl (if you don't have a fresh lemon use lemon juice or lemon essential oil)

Set microwave for 4 minutes them allow 3 minutes after to steam.

Remove the bowl ( use pot holders )

The lemon/ baking soda water mix loosens all mess inside and it will wipe clean with a paper towel.

I suggest after cleaning that you fill a small bowl with baking soda and a couple drops lemon oil (optional) and leave it in the oven when its not in use, this absorbs all odors and keeps it smelling fresh. Change once a month, I use the old soda down my kitchen sink to deodorize the garbage disposal too.

Good luck.

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My microwave smells and is stained after burning corn dogs. How do I clean it?

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By Mary00 1 10 Flag

March 31, 2012

To help with the smell I would suggest using the lemon as the other poster suggested but also baking soda. I placed baking soda on a plate about two cups worth spread out over the plate and left in microwave over night. The next day I re-cleaned, re-lemoned and placed a new plate with fresh baking soda and left it over night.

Took about five days of cleaning using lemon and baking soda to put a dent in the burnt popcorn smell. I had a brown stain that I never was able to get rid of fully.

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I was recently given a microwave oven and it has a burnt smell. The previous owner was heating up a wheat bag and it burnt and now the oven has an unpleasant smell.

How can I remove the smell?

Maggie

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Vinegar and Lemon 01/05/2005
Wipe the inside completely with vinegar and water and rinse. Then chop up a lemon and put in a microwave safe dish with a cup of water. Heat on high for two or three minutes and let stand for 5 more. Repeat as required, but don't burn the lemon!

Good luck.

By beanygurl
Vanilla 01/05/2005
I have had that problem with garlic! It smelled horrible. But if you take and place a container of water with about 1 tbsp. of vanilla in it and heat until boiling. Leave it in the microwave for about an hour and then if it is not completely gone, repeat it a few times and it will disappear. It only took once on mine. It was great!
By MissMichelle
Tea Bags 01/21/2005
My uncle came into town with a bag of microwaveable pork rinds (I know, don't ask!) when he left them in there about 30 seconds too long (as if it makes a difference with pork skin!). Well, actually it did make a difference because now it smells, as a neighbor put it, like burnt hair. I gave up hope on the microwave untll a friend told me about putting three tea bags in 10 ounces of water and heating it until it boiled. The burnt hair smell is gone. Hope this helps!
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Is the individual who posted on Jan 21, 2005 REALLY named Chauncey Gardner, or was this an alias taken from "Being There", a short novel made into a movie starring Peter Sellers.

Just curious. Thanks

Editor's Note: Because Chauncey Gardner posted as a Guest (anonymous) we really don't know nor do we have any way to contact this person. We encourage posters to register so we are able to contact them if necessary or ask them questions about their posts but just as you have Darryl, Guest posters we have no way to contact.
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My son cooked Easy Mac in my microwave, but forgot to add water. Now my microwave really reeks! How do I get that horrible smell out?

Lori from New Castle, PA

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RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

Hello, I did use water with baking soda to get rid of an odor put it in cup and let it cook for about 2 minutes. However since then I have found if I put a cup of water in with popcorn or what ever in bag while cooking I do not get the odor.

Hope this helps. (08/15/2006)

By Gramie3

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Try the juice of a lemon in a cup of water and heat until it boils. I usually leave it until the water is about half gone, then wipe the moisture out and voila! It is bleached and smells good too. (08/15/2006)

By abqjudy

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Try putting a bowl of vinegar in there and zapping it for a while. That should help. (08/16/2006)

By heather

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The best thing I have found is to put a small amount of fresh coffee crystals in a small bowl. Shut the door and let it stay overnight. It has taken out burnt popcorn smell and cooked bacon smell. (08/16/2006)

By Michele

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Wait to put your seasonings on your baked potato until after you cook it. (09/15/2006)

By badwater

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It is dangerous to take apart a microwave oven since there is a high voltage capacitor that can deliver a fatal shock. Try using the lemon boiling method several times as needed. (02/08/2007)

By Joe

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I took advice to take apart the microwave and clean the grease from the inside mechanical parts and fan with vinegar. I did not touch any wiring or high voltage pieces, only the outer vents from the cover and all the plastic mechanics ie. the fan--DO NOT EVER DO THIS! It worked on the smell for the most part, but it was still faint. When I used the microwave after cleaning out the guts with vinegar, it made a loud noise and I could see a fire starting thru the vents. I quickly unplugged it and put it right on the curb. I really liked that microwave. Why did I have to be the dummy who believes what they read on the internet. (02/23/2007)

By Dummy

Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

OK, so before I found this discussion thread, I thought we were the only ones in the world with this problem. Apparently NOT. There should be a 12-step support group for folks like us. Anyway, I tried four of the suggested methods listed in this thread: coffee, lemon/cloves, acetone and vinegar/water. Not sure which of them worked, since I was desperate and did not have the patience to test them using an empirical scientific model, but SOMETHING helped, and now the smell is hardly detectable. One thing I have NOT tried, nor have I seen listed as a possible odor-removing aid, is a product called "OZIUM", a medical-grade odor neutralizer in aerosol spray form. If I remember correctly, this product is even used in hospitals (and morgues) to remove....ahem....those undesireable cadaver odors. Since the only thing that I now consider worse than burned popcorn smell would be rotting corpse, I would give Ozium a try, if I could find it easily at a store near me. (Yes, you can order it on the Internet, but did you notice that patience is not one of my strong suits?). Good luck, my fellow microwave popcorn survivors! (03/31/2007)

By N. Distefano

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I just tried the tea bags for an hour-occasionally nooked it for 30 secs to keep it steaming and think it really helped-thank you for your post! I am trying the vanilla nooked to give a more pleasant smell! My husband was really upset and said we needed to replace the microwave-thank you for your posts-might have saved me! (05/17/2007)

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RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

Don't ever try to "roast" garlic in the microwave! I've tried a combo of lemon juice, baking soda and water which didn't work. I also sprayed orange scented 409 and microwaved for 1 minute which didn't work. I'm trying the vanilla and water or tea bags in water as my husband also says the micro is ruined!

(b)Editor's Note: (/b) Try a bowl of vinegar, heat it until its steaming and let it sit for a while. (07/02/2007)

By Burnt in Seattle

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I win the prize. I read on the Internet that zapping a stuffed animal in the microwave would remove a musty smell from a stuffed animal. Oh no it doesn't ! The animal burnt and now I have a horrific smell that I can't get rid of. Definitely do not believe everything you read on the Internet! (07/31/2007)

By mlewis

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For reasons I won't go into, my microwave reeked of moldy paperback book and smoke. I tried many of the suggestions found here -- lemon, vinegar, coffee, etc., but the smell still returned. I experimented and discovered that a non-toxic solution called Zero Odor (they have a website) seemed to work best for my situation.

I poured a small amount into a bowl, microwaved it for 2-3 minutes on high and let it boil and steam. I also sprayed Zero Odor into the ventilation intakes as it was running to help clear them out. I repeated this a few times and it reduced the smell significantly. (09/18/2007)

By Nick

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I am trying the vinegar thing. My son's friend cooked Easy Mac in the microwave in a butter dish no less, and cooked it like forever.I came in and smoke was everywhere, so hopefully the vinegar will work. (10/10/2007)

By Angel

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By Laurel_admin

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Supposedly a tiny bowl of VINEGAR will get rid of most any bad smell. They even say to keep a small bowl of vinegar next to you on the counter when you fry fish... Now if it works for fried fish, How can you go wrong! S

Stay away from HARSH unnatural cleaners (like 409) when cleaning a microwave. They could migrate into your food! I find that by just microwaving a cup of water, then waiting 5 minutes, even the most disgusting, crusty-est stuff will just wipe right off. Why not add a few tablespoons of vinegar to remove the smell at the same time! (10/19/2007)

By Cyinda

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I always use the boiling water method, put a few drops of essential oil (I usually use lemon or grapefruit) in a couple of cups of water, and cook for 4-5 minutes (enough to let it boil for a while). Then let sit. This should get rid of just about any odor, and any baked-on gunk will just wipe away. (10/20/2007)

By tholtz

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I'd say first, your son needs to be doing the cleaning.
A large mixing bowl (micro safe) about 1/2 full of water. Baking soda in it works, vinegar, just not together without a reaction. If you do it before putting it in the MW, o.k.
When putting other things in the MW, put a wet/real damp dish cloth in with vinegar on. NEVER PAPER PRODUCTS--will burn.
Again, the child should be helping, they may never do it again! (10/22/2007)

By T&T Grandma

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I just put 1.5 cup of water in a bowl add Cinnamon & Vanilla and let it boil and set for a while...works like a charm! (10/24/2007)

By Tiffany Smith.

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I burned a bag of micro popcorn last night. The day before we were having 20-25 friends over our house for a gathering. I was mortified. I am happy to report however that after a day long expedition 6-8hrs the majority of the odor from the microwave is gone.

I used different combos and always let each batch sit for 20-30 minutes in microwave. All had good amount of water and combos of vinegar, baking soda, vanilla. lemon slices, cinnamon stick, and tea bags. I just kept making up combos with the different smells I liked.

As for the odor that permeated my house I put pots of water on the stove with combos of vanilla, cinnamon sticks, lemon slices, allspice, apple pie spice everything except the vinegar and baking soda. It worked wonderfully.

Then I mixed the microwave batch that was steaming inside of it (last batch did not have vinegar or baking soda) with all the stove top pots into a large hurricane jar it looked great to with a slight tea color from the tea bags and lemon slices and allspice cloves and cinnamon sticks I used it for decoration and it still smelled great. Thanks for all the great tips (11/10/2007)

By R.Kidd Akron, OH

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One of my daughters burnt popcorn in our brand new microwave. I have tried everything to get rid of the burnt smell, but it is still there. Items we cook or defrost in the microwave now seem to have a burnt popcorn taste. It is clean, but I think the smell has gotten into the 'guts' of it and in the fan area where I can't clean.

I have already tried:

cleaning with mild detergent
placing a bowl of fabric softener in it
using baking soda in it over night
using vinegar and water, and running it for a few minutes

April from NW Missouri

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Get a clean spray bottle & some enzymatic cleaner (often sold in the pet supplies). Follow the directions on the cleaner bottle, if it's the type that needs to be diluted.
Put the resulting liquid in the spray bottle & spray the inside of your microwave liberally. Allow it to stay on for an hour or so & wipe off. Think about it, if this stuff removes cat urine odors, popcorn is no problem! (02/04/2008)

By Been there-Done that!

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Oh my gosh, I think that I created the first taquito
smoke bomb ever! And the smell was horrendous. I over cooked about six taquitos in the microwave (thanks to the dial deciding to go backwards). I used straight vinegar in a bowl, got it to the boiling point (about 5 minutes), then let it sit. I continued doing that for about an hour or so. The moisture from the boiling vinegar travels through the fan mechanism. The vinegar smell through the house will go way. No smell from microwave. Whewwww! (02/18/2008)

By BPayne

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I must say, I never realized how lethal popcorn can be when it burns. I tried the vinegar, and as I opened my microwave, I felt as though I couldn't breathe because the vinegar was so strong! At the same time, I didn't smell the burn odor. I am rinsing with Fabuloso, which has such a pleasant fragrance. (04/12/2008)

By Denise

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Heat vanilla extract in a bowl in the microwave for approximately 35 seconds. Turn off microwave, and leave door closed for 12 hours. (05/11/2008)

By Mary

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How do you remove a burned smell from the microwave?

Sharon from Toledo, OH

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Slice a nice big lemon into a medium microwave-safe bowl of water. Pop it into the microwave and put it on for about 6-10 minutes. Let it sit in there until it's cool enough to handle, then wipe out the grime and have a freshened Microwave with no burnt smell on top of it.

I found this out when my daughter put cheese on a foam plate for three minutes....but it worked...even on burnt-plastic smell. (03/10/2009)

By Shosha

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How do I get rid of burnt popcorn smell from the microwave?

Patti from Chickasha, OK

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My husband, the service tech, told me that you take a Pyrex container and fill it with water. Put it in the microwave and let it come to a boil. Let it boil for about 5 or 10 minutes, watching very carefully that it does not boil dry. This will let the fan motor circulate out the burnt smell. Make sure after you're done to clean out the microwave. (02/25/2009)

By DEBRADJ.

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Everybody will scream when I write this but it worked for me! Go to the Dollar General and pick up one of those spray bottles of cleaner with bleach. Spray inside the microwave and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe it out several times and let the door stand open til dry. Worked for me! And I read somewhere that after bleach sits for awhile like 24 hours that the bleach neutralizes and turns to water anyway. So you know good and well after wiping it clean 3 or 4 times, the bleach isn't gonna be there anyway!

(02/25/2009)

By CindyM56

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Cut up a lemon and place in a bowl with some water. Cook til water boils and let set in the microwave til cool. The smell will be totally gone. Janette (02/26/2009)

By ashleybunkin

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I cooked a corn dog in the microwave and it burned. Filled the room with an acid smelling smoke. I can't tell you how many times I've washed out the interior of the microwave and it still reeks. Help!

Holly from Richardson, TX

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I read your message about your son and the kd bomb. My son has done the same thing. How did you get the smell out? I've tried vinegar and water with cleaning, and the smell is still there. I'm thinking I'll have to get another microwave. Kathleen (12/21/2008)

By jess_admin

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The best thing to use is candle fragrance. You can order a small bottle of your favorite scent, put a small amount in a paper bowl, turn on microwave for about 2 minutes, then let bowl sit inside with door closed for about 15 minutes (potpourri would probably work just as well). (01/11/2009)

By tim

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Couple of days ago my 10 yr. old step-son made a "grilled" cheese sandwich. The bread was frozen, so he put it in for SIX MINUTES. Vinegar didn't work. My microwave is yellow inside and still stinks. Lemon didn't work. Pet enzyme stuff didn't work. Every time we cook something it STINKS. I'll have to try the cloves, vanilla, and/or tea bags. I have to say burnt cheese and plastic (the plate died too!) is actually worse than burnt popcorn. (01/14/2009)

By Lea

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My son Kyle burned not one, but two bags of popcorn in a row. Let me tell you guys, it is raunchy in our kitchen. What I've tried so far is mothballs, kitty litter, and a little cat pee. So far, no luck. Maybe I will try to use some wood chips and snowballs later on. I also find that Old Spice Deodorant works well. (01/19/2009)

By JAD

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I am trying the vanilla method. I have a sign on my microwave "Luke may not use without supervision" (my 10 year old). I think I will keep it there until he graduates from college! (01/19/2009)

By Lisa H.

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Once my partner and I were having guests over for dinner, he put a small bowl of rice in the microwave for a friend's baby and instead of pressing 2 min., he pressed 20min and left the room. Well we were all at the other end of the house and were only alerted by the smoke detector going off. The house smelled for days. Back to the main subject, I got the smell out of the microwave by putting a bowl of water with dish soap and a tablespoon of Borax. That stuff works for everything, really.
Linda (01/19/2009)

By lindaj448

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I have burnt my microwave while making popcorn, the smell stunk and the walls were so yellow! After reading lots about it on the internet on how to fix the issue, here are 4 steps that worked very well for me:

1) Add fresh coffee grounds to a bowl with water and boil it at least twice (will get most of the odor off).

2) Then "cook" cinnamon or something else you like the smell of (will help get rid of the smell in the vents).

3) Clean the yellow dirty walls with cotton pads & nail polish remover (I used acetone based, but they say the acetone free works too).

4) Repeat step 2 as often as you need to fully remove the popcorn smell

I was about to consider buying a new microwave but gave it a chance trying this out and VOILA :) (02/12/2009)

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First of all, I really enjoyed all your stories. My story involves none other than me as the main character. Had a porcelain dish and then covered it with an ordinary metal cover with a plastic handle on top. And so I charged the microwave for a four minute 80% program and sat back down in front of the computer to do some work.

Well, suddenly there was this awful smell spreading in the kitchen. Then it struck me. First of all, metal and microwaves = no good combination. Second of all, the plastic handle on that lock is probably not a microwave certified one. So what did I get that master of science degree for? :) Cheers! (02/20/2009)

By James C.

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I recently put a potato in the microwave wrapped in wax paper, a silly thing to do, but at the time I didn't think about it. Then I saw the smoke and came to the kitchen to see a fire blazing in the microwave. I was able to clean up the microwave pretty good but the smell is still there! How do I get rid of the smell?

By Cobie_kat from Ohio

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Get a new microwave. I did the same thing with a bag of popcorn. I cleaned and cleaned and did all the little tricks with baking soda, vinegar and such. But it still smelled every time I used it and when it got hot. Hope you find something that works, but just do yourself a favor and save the hassle and get a new one. (04/08/2009)

By sweetie6116

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You're never going to believe this one, but it worked the fist time. We just got a new microwave and on the 2nd day we burnt popcorn in it. I immediately completely washed it down inside with Clorox CleanUp (soap plus bleach) twice. Still very bad!

Someone on this site mentioned that enzymatic cleaners for animal urine worked. Because a family member is ill, we have a spray bottle of perineal cleaner (cleans and takes away urine and feces smell). I just wiped down the microwave with it, and NO burnt smell!

Our brand is Aloe Vesta Perineal/Skin Cleanser #1, made by ConvaTec, but any perineal cleanser should work. You should be able to get it at any pharmacy. Cost is probably around $4 per bottle, which should last a LONG time, even if you burn your popcorn often. ;-)

If necessary, I will do the vanilla, fragrance oil, etc. suggestions to clear the fan and vents. But so far, so good.

Thank you for this site and thanks to all the contributors! (06/18/2009)

By Penny02

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My 5 year old son put a cup of that 3 minute noodle soup in the microwave and didn't add enough water. I have tried everything to get the burnt smell out. My kitchen smells burnt from the odor of the microwave being so strong. Please help.

By Mommy of 9 from Chicago, IL

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Put in half a cup of ground coffee in an open cup in the microwave. It worked wonders when a friend of mine's microwaveable heating pad blew up in the microwave. Anyway, just keep the cup of ground coffee in the microwave; you may have to transfer it in and out when you need to use the microwave, but the smell should be gone shortly. (06/26/2009)

By lukensqueak-juggernaut

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As with bad smells in a fridge or freezer, you can use baking soda. Wipe out the microwave with a mix of water and a good measure of baking soda. Then put some water in a micro-safe container, stir in some baking soda, heat the mix at very low % (temp), to avoid overflow, then let it sit for awhile. It worked when I forgot and "warmed" leftovers way too long. Great granny from Alabammy. (06/26/2009)

By LJF

RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

If none of the above work, try getting activated charcoal (available in the fish department of a pet store or even Wal-Mart) and put it in a bowl and leave it overnight in the microwave. I once used this tip, which is an old Heloise one, to get the smell out of an old dresser that went through a fire. Worked like a charm. If really bad, repeat with new charcoal. (06/26/2009)

By webpossum

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How do I eliminate burnt popcorn odor from microwave?

By nanlee

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Put a bowl with baking soda in it into the oven and turn on for 1 minute at a time and see if that will remove the "scent". It worked for me after my kids thought popcorn would look "cool" black. They were not allowed microwave popcorn again. (09/13/2009)

By Beau D

RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

You can also use a large lemon cut in half and in a bowl big enough to hold both halves, squish it a little to release some of the juice, microwave on high for 2 minutes. If that is not suitable then use a measuring cup 1/2 full and add a teaspoon + of vanilla and microwave on high for 2 minutes. You may need to add 2 minutes more if the smell is still there and add another teaspoon of the vanilla. It is sure to help as well as it will make the house smell lovely as well. (09/13/2009)

By Beau D

RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

I had a half muffin in the microwave, set it for a minute at full power when I usually use 30 seconds at half power. I smelled it burning immediately. I've used three different treatments, first the cinnamon-vanilla combo; next the baking soda; finally plain vinegar, heating off and on for ten minutes. This seems to have helped considerably, but a hint of smoke remained.

However, I had damp basement odor coming up in my foyer and purchased a Zielonka smell buster (cost $60.) to get rid of the odor successfully. It is a metal disk that sits in a shallow dish of water. The water acts in conjunction with the metal disk for smell removal.

Today I put the Zielonka on the counter under my cabinet mounted microwave and it has been successful in abating the smoke odor around the outside of the microwave and the kitchen. I am going to let it sit inside the microwave without running it to finalize removing the last hint of the smoke odor. Zielonka is available online. Unbelievable, but It works and is re-usable for many other odor problems. (12/18/2009)

By Mid4Mid

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I burnt bacon in the microwave and need to know how to clean it, please?

By Beverly from Jacksonville, FL

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Well, the inside of microwaves is plastic, which does absorb odors. I would try baking soda with a little water in it (powered substances can catch fire sometimes). Or I might put water in a bowl, with a little bleach in it and zap for a minute. Leave for an hour, then wash and dry every surface in microwave and air out overnight. By little bleach I mean 1/2 teaspoon or less, not more. (02/02/2010)

By PIKKA

RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

OK. I have one that I didn't read here. I had a friend who burnt popcorn in his microwave. It stunk. He was going to throw it away, so I suggested we unplug it and squirt kitchen cleaner down the back vents to see what would happen. A ton of black gunk rolled out of the inside vents into the bottom of the microwave. We cleaned that up and let it dry for a couple days. When we plugged it back in we were prepared for anything (yes, we had a fire extinguisher handy). It worked perfectly and there has been no smell. It is still working. (02/08/2010)

By Lizzyanny

RE: Removing Burnt Smell From Microwave

1/2 lemon and a tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of water, microwave on high about 5 minutes, till water boils, then wipe the moisture out of the microwave, it should be sweet smelling when your done. (02/10/2010)

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