Remove microwave odours with at-home remedies

Though you may clean your microwave on a regular basis, sometimes particular odours can linger – like the burnt popcorn you made last week, or the reheated fish you had for dinner. It’s not always wise to use conventional cleaners in the microwave because they’re toxic and can often leave the microwave smelling worse than when you began.

You might be surprised to learn that there are a few home remedies you can try to rid your microwave of unwanted odours.

For truly persistent food odours, we suggest mixing one cup of water with six tablespoons of baking soda and placing the solution in the microwave in a microwave safe dish. Heat the solution for two to three minutes on high power. When it’s done, wipe the inside of the oven with a reusable cloth.

Similarly, you can do the same thing with one cup of water and half a cup of lemon juice. The lemony fresh scent will leave your microwave smelling clean and the steam from the heated water will help loosen up some residue that might be caked on the microwave.

If you’re someone who isn’t a fan of lemon-scented cleaner, you might try a similar method that leaves a different scent. Put a tablespoon of vanilla extra in half a cup of water (in a microwave-safe dish, of course). Bring the mixture to a boil in microwave, turn it off and let it sit in the microwave, unopened for about four to five minutes to let the vanilla-scented steam work its magic. Then, remove the cup and wipe the microwave clean.

For more tips on how to maintain your home appliances, visit or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.