How To Make Microwave Smell Good

Method 2: Steam your microwave with lemon juice or vinegar

Some particularly strong odors, like burnt fish or plastic, may call for a little extra help. If cleaning your microwave using the steps above doesn’t do the trick, the acid in natural cleaners like lemon juice and vinegar can help to neutralize smells. 


How to clean glass and microwave controls

‘It’s easy to clean up the everyday smudges, fingerprints, and grease that keep your microwave from looking its best.’ says Nappo. On some microwaves with touch controls, you can turn on the control lock to avoid accidentally activating buttons while you clean.

Step 2: Wipe and dry exterior Use dish soap and water or a dedicated appliance cleaner such as Affresh® Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray from Whirlpool on a soft cloth or sponge. If you have glass controls, you can use a glass cleaner instead. Dry with a soft cloth and turn the control lock off.

How to clean a smelly microwave

A smelly microwave isn’t a pleasant one, but whether you’ve been heating up spicy food or managed to burn something in there, there are ways to fix it. If you’ve followed the above methods to clean the inside, your microwave is likely smelling better already.

But if it’s just a smell you need to deal with, start by airing out your microwave by leaving the door open. Then add a small bowl of baking soda to your microwave when you shut the door. This will absorb the bad smells. For extra potency, add a few drops of lemon juice.

You could also try microwaving a small bowl of 2 tbsp white vinegar and 1 cup water for a couple of minutes. Then let the microwave air out. The vinegar will absorb the bad smells.

The Power of Vinegar

Vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent and has a smell that quickly dissipates. So, it can be very useful for combating any bad smells in your microwave. Put a tablespoon of white vinegar in a microwave safe bowl with ½ cup of water. Microwave this for approximately 2 minutes and allow the door to stay shut for 15 minutes. The steam will allow any smell-causing particles stuck to the interior to be loosened and the vinegar will absorb any odors. After 15 minutes, remove the bowl and wipe the interior of the microwave with a damp paper towel.

12 Ways to Get Rid of Microwave Smells

Most of the time, microwave smells won’t be removed by just washing. So, here are 12 ways for you to try to finally get rid of the odor.

  • Vinegar and Baking Soda

The most common solution for bad odor is baking soda and vinegar. Baking soda is considered as an all-around ingredient that helps remove stains and smells. To get started, you’ll need a clean sponge. Soak the sponge in plain white vinegar and put baking soda on top. Then, microwave the sponge for 20-30 seconds. After this, scrub the inside of the microwave using the same sponge. Rise it with water and soap after and wipe it dry with a dish cloth or tissue paper.

  • Baking Soda

You can also remove odors with just baking soda. After you’ve cleaned the inside of the microwave, place an opened box of baking soda inside it. You can also transfer a generous amount of baking soda in a container and leave it open inside the microwave. Let it sit there overnight.

  • Vinegar and Water

If you don’t have baking soda at home, you can still get to remove the odor in your microwave. You can do this by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl. Using a clean sponge, dip it into the mixture and use it to wipe your microwave clean. Clean the sponge and leave it to dry while you use another bowl and pour half a cup of vinegar in it. Leave it inside the microwave overnight. On the next day, rinse the microwave with soap and water and dry it with a dish cloth.

  • Coffee

If there is one solution that is as popular as baking soda and vinegar, it’s coffee. Coffee is one of the most effective ingredients if you want to remove bad odor from any appliance (even your fridge). Start by putting two tablespoons of ground coffee in a mug and half a cup of water. Heat it for 2-10 minutes while making sure that the coffee solution doesn’t boil. You can break the 10 minutes down to 2-3 minutes each. If the water was used up, you can add a little more. Then after 10 minutes, remove the cup.

Most of the time, the smell gets removed after 10 minutes of heating the coffee solution. If the smell is still there, repeat the steps until it’s gone.

  • Coffee and Baking Soda

Coffee can also be mixed with baking soda. These two powerful ingredients will surely make an effective way to remove the stink because of their absorbent properties. The scent of the coffee will also fill the microwave to replace the bad odor. To make this mixture, add equal parts of baking soda and coffee grounds in a bowl or in a plate. Let it stay inside the microwave overnight.

  • Lemons

Citrus fruits are great ingredients that help remove any kind of smell. They are also famous for their antibacterial properties. If you have lemons at home, slice one open and squeeze it into a bowl. Make sure that the bowl is microwave-safe. Then, add half a cup of water in the bowl and also put the halves inside. Leave the bowl in your microwave overnight. If you don’t have lemons, but have lemon essential oils, then you can use the latter as a substitute.

  • Oranges

If you don’t have lemons at home, you can use oranges instead. Slice two oranges in half and put the slices in a microwave-safe bowl. Also add two cups of water. Place the bowl inside the microwave and heat it for 4-5 minutes. Just like the coffee grounds, check every two minutes to see if the water is boiling. The orange slices shouldn’t burn as well. After 5 minutes, leave the bowl inside the microwave for at least 30 minutes so that it absorbs the bad odor. It would even be better if you leave it there overnight. On the next day, remove the bowl and wash the microwave with water and dish soap.

  • Berries

Citrus fruits are not the only ones that help give a fresh scent to your microwave. Berries are also known to have antibacterial properties that they make a good candidate to clean your microwave. Moreover, their scent leaves a fruity smell in your microwave. If you have berries at home, put a good amount in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and heat it for 1-2 minutes. This will cook the berries. When the berries are cooked, it will leave the microwave a great smell that will cover up bad odors.

  • Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is a known spice that leaves any food fragrant. The same thing happens if you heat it inside the microwave. If you have spare vanilla extract at home, use this to mask the bad odor. You will need four teaspoons of vanilla extract. Put it in a microwave-safe bowl and mix it with two cups of water. Heat it for a few minutes or until the mixture starts to boil. Once it boils, turn off the microwave but leave the bowl inside. After 30 minutes, wipe the inside of the microwave and remove the bowl.

  • Cloves

Another spice with unexpected odor-absorbing properties is cloves. If you have cloves at home, you can use some of it to keep your microwave clean and fresh. In a small microwave-safe bowl, place ¼ cup of chopped cloves. And just like that, you can leave it overnight or during the times you don’t use the microwave. This will help absorb the bacteria and the smell that stayed inside.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

Who would have thought that rubbing alcohol can help in removing the stench? If you aren’t aware of it, using alcohol is a trick to remove various smells in the kitchen. All you have to do is to put rubbing alcohol on a few cotton balls or a cloth then use them to clean your microwave. You can do this before you clean it with soap and water. When the smell is gone, leave it to air dry.

  • Charcoal

And finally, you have charcoal. Charcoal is great at absorbing moisture and odor from appliances and that is why it is often placed inside the fridge. Therefore, you can also use this technique for your microwave. Cut pieces of charcoal and put them in a microwave-safe bowl. Leave them inside the microwave overnight so it absorbs the smell. Sometimes, it takes longer than that. What other people do is to leave the charcoal inside when the microwave is not in use.

With these 12 ways to remove a microwave smell, you don’t have to buy expensive fresheners. What’s also great about these tricks is that the ingredients you need are common in any household.

Deodorize Microwave With Vinegar Steam

Vinegar is another cleaner that is commonly used to eliminate funky household odors. Get the burnt smell out of microwave vent with the help of vinegar steam.Fill a microwave safe container with 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar. If the odor is extra foul, then don’t hesitate to increase the amount of vinegar to ½ cup.Microwave on high for about 3 minutes, or until the liquid begins to boil. Turn off the appliance and allow the container to remain inside with the door closed for about 5 minutes. During this time, vinegar steam will build up on the interior.

After the time is up, carefully remove the container. Any debris or food particles will be loosened and you will be able to easily wipe the surface clean with a sponge or damp cloth. Any burnt odor or bad smells should have been eliminated. Leave the door open and the lingering vinegar smell will dissipate within a couple minutes.

Save That Vinegar Water

The vinegar water mixture works well for cleaning household surfaces. Allow the liquid to cool, and then use it to wipe down the refrigerator doors, grimy handles, glass windows and mirrors.  In addition, use the liquid to clean out your coffee maker and remove any stubborn mineral deposits. Run the vinegar water through the coffee maker without any coffee inside. Then, brew a pot of plain water to flush away any residual and rinse the device.


Your homemade aromatherapy’s scent might stick to the insides of plastic cookware. Use glass or ceramic cookware if possible.

Again, don’t worry too much about “superheating” the water in the microwave. The phenomenon only occurs with water in a completely clean, smooth container; other ingredients in the scent recipes remove the risk.