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Does anyone know how to get rid of the smell of burnt popcorn
in a microwave? It's now a week old. We have aired it out,
washed it out with soap and water, but to no avail. It's a new
microwave, too. Thanks for any help!
What I do is cut a lemon in half, put both halves in a cup of
water, and nuke that for a couple of minutes. That gets rid of
Sorry about your experience!
Lisa in Oakland
This may sound strange, but we were advised to do it in a HORRIBLE
refrigerator (meat accidentally left to spoil for two weeks -- augh!),
and it actually
worked when nothing -- and I do mean nothing -- else worked, so it might
microwave as well.
Get a couple dozen or so charcoal briquets, and some newspaper. Stuff
into the microwave, and every so often add in a briquet. Fill it
completely. Close the
door tight and leave it for 48 hours. Then open, unpack, and wash with
Vinegar. It works in the air to by simply placing an open bowl
on top of the refrigerator, in it, in the microwave, or
wherever the offending smell is. It naturally absorbs the
odors. You can wipe down the microwave and/or just let a cup or
bowl of vinegar (it doesn't take much) sit inside 'til the odor
is gone. The time will depend on how much you have ''cooked in''
the smell since the popcorn burned. Next time (you know there
will be a next time), use the vinegar right afterwards.
Vinegar is also a safe, nontoxic way to whiten/ brighten your
clothes & remove stains. Just add with baking soda to your
wash. For treating spots, rub the vinegar & baking soda into
the stain. You'll see it working when it starts boiling. Let me
know how it works.
Our 12 year old left popcorn too long in our new microwave last
year. The smell was miserable. The thing that worked the best
was washing it down really well and then spraying it with Ozium
air sanitizer. Close the door for a couple of hours and then
wash it down again. Still, even though you diligently do
everything, don't be surprised if there is residual smell for
months! Trust me though, it eventually goes away. You don't
need to buy another microwave even though you might be reminded
of the popcorn mistake whenever you open the microwave door for
a long time to come.
Place a glass measuring cup containing 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup
lemon juice, and 1/4 cup whole cloves in microwave. Turn on
high power for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Let it stand overnight or
until the liquid has cooled. The cloves are the key. This
recipe has worked for me no matter how bad the odor was.
We recently burned (*SERIOUSLY* burned)a bag of microwave
popcorn in our microwave, and can't get the smell (or yellow
color) to go away. We've tried various cleaning supplies, baking
soda, leaving it open for long stretches, etc. (and we've
checked the website for ideas). Nothing seems to work - and
after all of our efforts, the smell is still pretty strong when
we open the door. Anyone have any ideas??
A couple of years back, we had a turkey spoil (very seriously) in
our freezer while we were gone on vacation -- and had a similar
problem with a smell we couldn't get rid of. The solution --
recommended by Amana -- that finally reduced the smell to
tolerable levels, such that baking soda eventually cleared it up,
was to pack the refrigerator/freezer full of crumpled newspaper
and charcoal briquets, shut it up, and leave it for a few days.
Sounds weird, but was remarkably effective. I wonder if something
similar might work for you?
Sorry to say that the only thing that works is time. We had a
situation much like yours, and it took months to get rid of the
smell and yellow coloring. We kept finding the coloring in
various places, like under the sink where the popcorn bag
had been tossed into the garbage.
Now I use my air popper.
Anyone have any advice on how to rid the home of cooking smells? We
live in a small apartment and with windows closed in winter, the smell
of cooking onions, oil, and vegetables won't go away. I've considered
cooking some cinnamon and cloves, but I'd rather rid my home of the smell
than mask it with something else. Thanks!
Have you tried any of the new products such as Febreeze or the new Clorox
version that absorb odors?? I have found them to be excellent. I have three
cats and have many uses for the products. Good Luck.
Try boiling vinegar on top of the stove it works every time.
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