Sometimes the Microwave can give off a very pungent smell. The odour may vary from having a slightly foul smell to an unbearable rotten stench. Instead of utilizing harsh cleaning agents, try to make use of all natural and healthy ingredients. This includes vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and even fruits. Moreover, you can try to give the Microwave a nice touch of sweet smelling scents of berries like strawberries and the likes.
Mixture of Water and Vinegar
Annoying smells can easily be removed with a mixture of vinegar and water. Use a cup of boiling water, (around 0.24 L to be precise) and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar (around 59 ml). Mix these two liquids together and pop it in the Microwave for 4 minutes.
You will notice that the mixture will be emitting steam. Leave this hot mixture in the Microwave for around 5 minutes. Once the time has passed, open the door of the machine and clean the inside with the help of a wet cloth or towel. A mixture of water and soap can also be used to do this.
There is a possibility that your Microwave may take a smaller amount of time for the vinegar mixture to boil. This depends on the wattage of your computer. You can have a quick skim of the Microwave’s user manual to check the time limits provided for liquids like water etc.
Using only Lemon
The Microwave can be Deodorized with the help of the only lemon if not vinegar. Simply add around 4 teaspoons (which is 20 ml) to a cup of water (which is 0.24 L). For 4 minutes heat the solution in the Microwave so that it starts boiling. The steam will spread in the Microwave giving it a citrus scent. Let the solution sit for 5 minutes till it cools down completely.
Another alternative option is to take a couple of slices of lemon and add water in a small cup. Make sure to position the slices at the bottom of the cup. Fill the cup with 0.24L of water. Place it in the Microwave for 4 minutes so that it reaches a hot and boiling temperature.
Also, for either method mentioned you can make use of any citrus fruit available. It does not necessarily have to be a lemon. Instead, use oranges or grapefruits as the choices are many. The powerful element of lemon is strong enough to get rid of even the burnt smell that is present in Microwaves.
Less Acidic Option
A less acidic option would be using baking soda for removing stains and odour. Make a solution comprising of 5 teaspoons of baking soda which is 25 ml and 0.95 litres of warm water. Dip a cloth or a sponge in it. Next, scrub on all areas of the Microwave thoroughly in circles.
For stubborn stains, use half a teaspoon which is 2.5ml of baking soda on a clean cloth and apply it all over the stain. This will definitely help in removing it. In this way, not only have you cleaned your Microwave but you’ve even gotten rid of annoying stains.
Make your Microwave smell like coffee
To make your Microwave smell just like coffee take 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and mix it with half a cup of water. Place this mixture in the Microwave for 3 minutes and voila. Your Microwave will smell like freshly brewed coffee and it’ll take away any bad smelling odors which were previously present. Aquick tip would be to use grounds of coffee that have been previously used.
For a Sweet Scent just use Vanilla Extract!
Take 4 tablespoons of vanilla extract (which is 20 ml) and 0.47 L of water in a bowl. Heat the mixture for 2 minutes in the Microwave until it’s boiling and steaming hot. Leave the solution you made in the machine for around half an hour. The steam of the mixture will spread through the entire Microwave killing off bad smells. Once the allotted time has passed and the mixture has cooled down wipe all over with a damp cloth or rag.
Use cloves for a Spicy Scent
This method does not involve heating anything. All you have to do is place cloves overnight in the Microwave. Take about 27.5 grams of cloves in a container and shut the door of the Microwave. The spicy scent will kill off any unusual smells present in the closed environment. The next day your Microwave will smell extra special!
Berries give off a Fruity Scent
Use a small container and keep berries in it. A handful of berries will do the job just fine. Next, wrap the top of the container with plastic wrap. Microwave this for a couple of minutes so that the fruit heats up. As the heat gets to the fruit and warms it up, you’ll be able to smell a very pleasant fruity scent. That is the magic of these berries! There will be no foul smelling odour bothering you.
Remember to not Microwave the container with the plastic wrap for too long as plastic melts. Moreover, keep the berries from touching the plastic wrap. This will ensure that the freshness of the berries isn’t affected. Also, you can any berry of your choice. It could even be a mix that suits your preference.
How to clean a Burnt Microwave
To get rid of the burnt Microwave smell, sprinkle baking soda all over the machine. Use clean and wet cloth and wipe all over the surface. This will act as a cleaning agent and will remove all kinds of burnt smells. It is not harsh and will not harm the surface of the machine. It is gentle enough to be used.
Purchasing pricey detergents and air fresheners is not mandatory to obtain a pleasant smell in the Microwave. In the market, there are a variety of cleaners available which contain very harsh chemicals and ingredients. If used continuously the Microwave’s surface might get damaged. In addition to this, these cleaning agents are not cheap actually they are quite expensive. They not only cause a dent on your pocket but they cause harm in the long run to your Microwave.
There are many ingredients in the refrigerator and the pantry which can help get a nice scent in your Microwave. To maintain hygiene it is beneficial to Deodorize the machine on a weekly basis. You can use these methods even if you’re on a budget as they are economical. We may not realize how powerful natural ingredients can be like lemons. They are capable of not only cleaning but also of providing a good odour.
If citrus scents aren’t your thing then try utilizing coffee. This will aid in making your Microwave smell like a coffee shop. In fact, you’ll be craving coffee in no time. Not to mention, baking soda can act as a good cleansing agent too. Lastly, fresh berries do a terrific job at giving a fruity scent.