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Stinky Microwave? Tips to Get It Clean

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

man covering his nose when opening a microwave oven Wipe down your microwave after each use.

Homes in Clayton, NJ, with an over-the-range microwave, may appreciate the extra counter space, but it often means taking a little extra care of your appliances. Daily cooking can go up through the vent grill and create a smoke smell in the microwave. If a grease fire happens, the damage may require a professional fire and smoke damage remediation expert to remedy it. In most cases, that smell can be avoided with regular care and maintenance.

Keep It Clean

A good habit to form is to wipe down your microwave after each use. Food particles can quickly accumulate, which could affect how the appliance functions. The grease filter should also be removed and cleaned regularly. For an overall clean, common household items can be used to freshen them up.

Vinegar: Boiling a cup of water with a few tablespoons of vinegar for about four minutes can help loosen particles that have been crusted on. To remove grease, use one part vinegar and one part water and wipe out the unit.

Lemon Juice: The zesty lemon is a natural deodorizer. Use the same process as vinegar, but only use a few teaspoons of lemon. Fresh lemon slices can also be boiled in the water. Limes, oranges, and other citrus juice can also be used.

Baking Soda: For tough stains and smoke smell, this is a less acidic alternative. A water and baking soda solution, about one quart of water with five teaspoons of powder, can be used to wipe down the microwave. Use less water to create a paste for tougher stains.

Replacement Parts
Like with most things, there are components of a microwave that should be regularly replaced. Over-the-range models feature a charcoal filter. It is designed to absorb pollutants, including odors, and re-circulate air. If it can’t do its job right, your appliance can easily become smelly. It is recommended to replace filters every six months.
With just a little extra care, you can avoid a smoke smell in your kitchen and keep your appliances operating at their best.

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