Stop Microwave Odors

by Amy Gordon
(last updated August 18, 2017)

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Have you ever cooked salmon in your microwave and could still smell it when you opened the microwave door weeks later? Microwaves have the annoying tendency to absorb the smell of the foods cooked in them. Although most people do not mind this the day of the cooking, after a week of the smell, it begins to get old. The smell can also seep from one food into another, adding undesirable scents and flavors into foods where those flavors should not exist. If you want to remove that fishy odor, just follow these simple steps.

First of all, make sure the microwave is as clean as you can get it with regular cleaning supplies. Getting rid of the smell will be so much easier if there are no splatters covering the inside of the microwave. Once you have cleaned everything out, get a lemon and cut it into quarters. Place the entire lemon into a cup of water in a microwave-safe dish. Cook the water with the lemon for about three minutes on the "high" setting. Leave the mixture to cool. To ensure that the cleaning mist reaches all parts of the microwave, keep the microwave door closed for several minutes. The vapors from the cooked mixture will leave your microwave smelling sweeter and fresher. Best of all, that sweet smell will start to fade within just a little while, not months later.

Although you could also try store-bought odor eliminators, using lemon in water is safer for you and the food you cook after the cleaning. It also does better at getting rid of the odor rather than just covering up the smell temporarily. Like many of the other methods listed on this site, this method is perfect for those who have a bad reaction to cleaning supplies.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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What is four less than 6?

2013-12-10 12:42:49

J J

I can't be around lemon juice. Would it work as well if I wipe down my microwave with warm water and baking soda?


2013-12-09 14:54:55

del

I would also like to know if lemon juice concentrate would work


2013-12-09 12:01:26

Carolyn

Could lemon juice concentrate mixed in water be used in place of the actual lemon?


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