Is there a good way to deodorize a microwave?

@catdla1 (6005)
United States
November 8, 2009 12:14am CST
My step-daughter loves microwave popcorn, and as a snack it's at least better than many others. However, I can't get the smell out of the microwave. I've tried wiping it all down, heating a bowl with a bit of dish soap in it, etc. The microwave is clean...but still smells like popcorn. The worst is the cheese popcorns, to me they smell like dirty feet. Anyone have any tricks to get rid of smells?
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
I don't know but as soon as YOU find out, maybe let me know! lol My husband & I have this used microwave, from his departed father, and we've been unable to get the smoke smell out of it. It smells absolutely horrid! I've tried cleaning it with commet and different household sprays, soaps and nothing has worked. Ok it's not that bad but still has a slight smell that I can't get rid of. Well someone here mentioned vinegar so i might try that.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I tried the vinegar last night and it helped a lot, so maybe it would help you too. The trouble with getting rid of these odors is that most of them are caused by the steam of whatever was cooking that caused them. While cooking that steam gets pulled into the air vents inside the microwave to areas that cannot be cleaned. It's easy to have a spotless microwave that stinks. I'm surprised with all the household cleaning and deodorizing products out that there isn't something specifically made for microwaves. Good luck with the vinegar if you try it!
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@GardenGerty (92167)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Nov 09
You could also use a paste of baking soda to scrub the inside with. It also will help remove any stuck on food.
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
10 Nov 09
Garden getty, I did try the baking soda before and it's quite irritating because I still wasn't able to get rid of that awful smokey odor. I think I'll be trying the vinegar and will see what happens. Thanks though...
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@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
9 Nov 09
I don't know how you would get the smell out, I know my mom burnt some popcorn in my microwave one time and she tried everything she could think of to get the smell out, nothing worked, it eventually just quit smelling like that. Nothing smells worse than burnt popcorn in your microwave. I hope you get better tips than I have..lol
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
9 Nov 09
Hi Walijo! Haven't seen you for a while, always good to see a fellow Okie! Any new pictures of the puppies yet? Burnt popcorn is pretty bad too. So far I've had the best luck using the vinegar. I heated a bowl of it for about 4 mnutes to make it really steamy, then I let it sit for about an hour before wiping it out. It's not all the way gone, but it's tolerable. You might tell your mom that. It's a pity that the filters inside are not removable to clean, I'm sure that is where any remaining smell is.
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@shanemre (357)
• Saudi Arabia
8 Nov 09
try mixing a table spoon of baking soda with lemon and then use that to clean the microwave. I use it to clean and deodorize the oven. There is one more thing but I used it for deodorizing the refrigerator, I am putting a piece of charcoal inside and taking it off after sometime, it wont do any harm, you might as well try this one too
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Those are both excellent ideas. I hadn't thought of adding baking soda to the lemon juice but it makes perfect sense. And the charcoal is a really great idea. It would be easy to put a piece in at night just for it's odor-absorbing properties. I'm usually the first one up in our household, but if some one get up before me, and see it...I'd have to say, "Oops! Looks like I cooked that egg too long!". MIght as well have a little fun while we can, right? Thanks for your help!
@laglen (19783)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Put a cup of vinegar and microwave for 2 minutes. This also helps clean the microwave but also deoderizes like a dream!
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Nov 09
After reading your response last night, I had to try using vinegar, which I did just before retiring for the night. I have to say that it has helped considerably. I might keep some in a covered microwave-safe bowl to use each time when she'd made popcorn. Thanks!
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
9 Nov 09
Your welcome,I am glad i could help!
@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
I don't have any suggestions on how to deodorize the microwave. I just thought I'd put in something in here because we just microwaved some popcorn and we are eating it right now. I went back to the microwave and yes it stinks. I'll come back later to this discussion and hopefully somebody has put in an effective way to clean it.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Hi bounce58! I tried the vinegar last night, and it did a fairly good job at getting rid of the odors. There is a bit of one left, but probably reheating other foods will get rid of it. After this I'm going to stick to the natural, unbuttered microwave popcorns. At least the don't leave such a bad smell.
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
agree, vinegar is a good deodorant. I even put it in the fridge after defrosting and cleaning it up. It removes all stinky smell and leaves it smelling natural. Good tip!
@IamSamm (75)
• Indonesia
2 Dec 09
Have you try to put a half cup or a spoon of coffee? I've always use coffee if i want to get rid of a bad odor just put the coffe powder into a bowl and let it in your microwave for couple hours or so to remove the stinky cheese smell it works also to remove odor on the refrigerator. hopefully this help
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
3 Dec 09
That's an excellent idea IamSamm! I never thought of it, even though I have put a few grounds on a hot burner to get rid of cooking odors. The smell finally faded, but next time that stinky popcorn is made, this is what I'm going to try, and I bet it works. Thanks so much. Also, welcome to myLot! I hope you enjoy your time here and made a lot of great friends!
@GardenGerty (92167)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Nov 09
I have always heard that you can put some lemon juice in a dish of water and microwave it five minutes, then use the lemon water to wipe down the inside, and that would help with the odors.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Thanks for the suggestion! Lemon water usually does a terrific job deodorizing. I tried that first because it usually works. Not this time however. Thankfully it's starting to fade. I'll never buy that brand again! Great idea to use the lemon water to wipe the inside doen. I never thought of that, and it would certainly cut through any grease residue. Love your sunset!
@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
10 Nov 09
Try wiping it out with vanilla and leaving it for a while...like you do with a refrigerator. I've also used a bit of charcoal from a bbq left sitting in my fridge. The charcoal absorbs the odours.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Vanilla is an interesting idea! I hadn't thought of using extracts, but that is a definite possibility. And that's the second recommendation for charcoal and a great one too. I checked ours, but it's the Match Light kind, I'd rather something not treated. That is an easy thing to do, keeping a piece in there when not in use. I bet that would work for all kinds of lingering odors in there. Thanks!
@Hatley (161721)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 09
hi catdla1 I often use baking soda to deoderize things so why not try a dish of water with some baking soda in it and heat it for maybe a moment or so. baking soda usually' takes the odor out of most any smelly thing.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
9 Nov 09
You are correct Hatley. Baking soda is usually great for getting rid of odors. I use it in the cat boxes, sprinkle it in sneakers and keep a box i the refrigerator and freezer. This time was the exception, the smell of this popcorn is so noxious I can't believe that people actually buy and eat the stuff. So far I've used baking soda, lemon and vinegar. Last night I reheated garlic bread in the microwave. This morning when I check it, I was hoping to smell garlic. Nope! It was that popcorn from a couple of nights ago I threw out the rest of the box.
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I used to squeeze a lemon on to a wash cloth and dampen it with some water put it in there for 30 seconds let it sit for a minute and wipe it out! tdemex
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Hi tdemex! This is how I normally clean the inside of the microwave. It works like a charm and really does help most odors. Plus it doesn't leave a residue that's going to change the flavor of whatever gets reheated or cooked next. Some of the microwave popcorns have such a bad smell. I think if I brought my microwave outside and left the door open all night, I'd probably find that a skunk had moved in feeling right at home...lol.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Hi, catdla1. Maybe you should use a little bit of Pinesol on a wet rag. Clean the microwave out an dilute the cloth. Clean about three times while you add Pinesol to the rag. Rinse the microwave out with warm water. Then you can just leave your microwave open for about 30 minutes so that it can air out some. That is what I would do to see if the popcorn smell will go away.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Hi cream97. That's an excellent idea, I wouldn't have thought of that. We finally did get the smell out using lemon, baking soda, vinegar and finally a bit of vanilla extract. Since then I've banner butter-flavored popcorn, I think the 'natural' that we now stock is better for her anyway. It's funny how the smells we enjoy are gone too soon, where the unpleasant ones seem to last forever. Thanks for your suggestion, I'm sure to use it next time.