To get rid of microwave odor, use vinegar, lemon or coffee. Nail polish remover and baking soda are also effective in removing microwave odors. Adding water to lemon, coffee or vinegar, then microwaving the mixture for three to five minutes can keep the microwave clean and remove unpleasant odors.
Microwaves easily pick up odors from the different foods cooked in them. Popcorn is an example of one of the lingering smells in a microwave. Vinegar, particularly white vinegar, is an effective way of removing lingering odors from a microwave. Put the vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for 5 minutes or until it boils. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for 10 minutes, then remove it from the microwave. Use paper towels to wipe the oven and remove any food remains.
The odor-absorbing properties of vinegar make it very effective for this purpose. Coffee, fresh slices of lemon and orange peels can be used in a similar manner for positive results. Placing a box of baking soda in the microwave for several hours can also lessen microwave odors. Baking soda absorbs odors, without leaving any smell behind. Regular cleaning with warm water and a soft cloth is important in keeping the microwave free of unpleasant odors.