I'm wondering if any of you can provide some much needed advice. When I heat up food, my microwave smells like stale oil.
I've scrubbed the inside of the microwave with baking soda and vinegar, and I've tried microwaving water and lemon and allowing it to sit, placing baking soda into the microwave to absorb odours, and crumpling newspapers into the microwave. All have not gotten rid of the smell.
Might any of you have some suggestions as to how I can eliminate the odour?
Thanks so much
Thanks for the great suggestions all.
I'll definitely try the charcoal and coffee grinds. For the coffee grinds, am I microwaving them with a bit of water to make a paste? At this point, I'd rather my microwave smell of anything other than grease.
I'm reluctant to take it apart myself given that I'm not in the least, mechanically inclined. I'd be afraid that I'd accidentally shock/electrocute myself at the worst or ruin the microwave at best.
I think I know what the culprit is, or at least the foodstuff that caused it. My partner microwaved a very high fatty sausage without covering it and the oil splattered everywhere. I've told him repeatedly to cover things but he just doesn't listen. I tried to clean it as best I could, but suspect that some oil is stuck somewhere (fan, case etc).
Try cleaning it from the outside.
There should be a place on the back or side that is full of holes for the fan to draw in air that may have evident grease.
Also, odd things get stuck to the bottom of the microwave, especially if it has feet.
Also-- my mom leaves one of those plastic plate covers IN the microwave, so now Dad uses it at least 80% of the time.
re: Kris in Beijing
Thanks for the suggestion Kris in Beijing. I wiped the little holes cleaned but it didn't seem to help the smell.
Leaving the plastic cover is a good tip and I might try it for a few times. I almost have a feeling that my partner would end up just putting his microwavable dish on top of the plastic cover and not realize why it's in there.
As an update...
I tried the coffee grinds over night and they didn't take out the smell either. I don't have any charcoal on hand so I'll try that when I get some.
This morning, I spritzed some newspaper with a vinegar water solution and placed the crumpled newsprint into the microwave. Initial results seem promising. While the microwave smells a bit like vinegar, I'm not getting as strong a rancid oil smell. I'm going to keep on spritzing for a few days and see whether it'll improve the situation.
Again, thank you all for the great suggestions.