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Stench in the Microwave and Kitchen

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

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March 8, 20100 found this helpful
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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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March 8, 20100 found this helpful

Move microwave to another location, like your Mom's garage. See how much odor is left. Turn on fan above range for few hours full blast. Do what you can to remove remaining scent with Febreeze room spray as suggested above. Early in morning add pleasant
scents as suggested above. The plastic in the microwave will continue to exude the odor, so it really needs to be out of the house, out of the garage, gone.

When all that fails and someone notices odor, just make a joke about doing in your microwave so they won't think you had a fire in the house.

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November 26, 20150 found this helpful

Put some lovely smelling baking in the oven and let the smell infuse the kitchen . This is a selling tip even without bad smell. Try cinnamon butter and sugar on tin foil covered tray

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