How to Remove Bad Smells from Your Microwave

How to Remove Bad Smells from Your Microwave

Using a microwave is handy as it allows us to cook food quickly without fuss or even reheat something without having lots of washing up to do afterwards. It is quick and convenient, but because if this we sometimes take them for granted. Although they can heat up food easily, they do not clean themselves and sometimes spilled food and drink can stay in there for weeks. Repeated use can cause the microwave to become tainted with unpleasant or bad smells and we might not know how to deal with them. If you are in this position, read this oneHOWTO article and find out how to remove bad smells from your microwave quickly and easily.

Steps to follow:

Natural products are best for removing these bad smells from your microwave to avoid any chemical residues that may become more dangerous heated and, therefore, could damage your health. There are some which you can make at home. Beforehand, wipe the microwave to remove stains and food debris.


Take a microwave-proof bowl or container and fill half with water and half with concentrated vinegar or white vinegar. Note that this vinegar should be transparent, as opposed to dark as is the case with red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar as it may remove the bad smells from your microwave, but it could also stain it as well.


Grate the zest of a lemon and place in the same container. You can also squeeze its juice and use this instead of the whole lemon, adding around half a cup to the mixture. This lemon smell will replace the bad ones with a fresh zingy one.


Heat the mixture in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Stop the microwave and make sure the liquid is really hot and steaming.


Close the microwave and leave the container inside for 20 minutes. The mixture will release steam which will help to remove bad smells from your microwave. The vinegar and lemon work together really well as the vinegar is a deodoriser (breaking down the bad smells in your microwave) whilst lemon is the fragrance which will leave it smelling fresh.


After 20 minutes, remove the container from your microwave and clean with a cloth or sponge to remove any moisture. The combination of vinegar, lemon and heat will have loosened the stains and made them easy to remove, taking the bad smells with them. Even if your microwave doesn't have bad smells, but there are particularly difficult stains or built up grease, this is a great way to help remove them by making it easier to clean.


Now that you know how to remove bad smells from your microwave, maybe you'll want to learn some new microwave cooking skills to make new ones you can clean later. Check out these recipes for orange cake, homemade flan, roast potatoes or your own custard, all by using the microwave!

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