One Ingredient “Miracle” Microwave Deodorizer
It can be such a useful tool. It can also be so smelly and dirty at times that it makes you want to toss it right out into the trash and pretend to go “microwave free” for a while… until you get a brand new one.
Oh and I know…microwaves are bad for you. So are lots of things including stress and going insane. Right now I have a toddler and a preschooler and they think food must instantly appear or a meltdown must occur. We aren’t perfect, patience is something we have to work towards. 🙂 But until then, the microwave will remain in our house because being able to steam to veggies in a minute is completely worth it for us. Besides, if you don’t have a microwave (because you are against them, or otherwise), this post just isn’t for you. Move along. There are brownies here. 🙂
Now that we have that out of the way….
So I don’t like fish. At all. My repulsion of them includes just the smell of them cooking. I don’t know why I have this disliking other than I do know my mom has always hated fish and really really hated them while pregnant with me. So we can blame this on her right? 🙂 (Just kidding!)
Anyway, I’m one of those people that doesn’t want to pass along their unhealthy habits to their children. I know that eating fish is good for you and I want my boys to develop a taste for it so that they will eat it as they grow older. I don’t cook a lot of fish but on occasion, I will make something (that doesn’t smell too fishy!) in the oven. That’s not the problem. The problem is when the boys want to enjoy leftovers the next day and I have to warm that fish up in the microwave. Gross.
After a few times of simply avoiding my microwave for days afterward, I tried this little trick and miraculously, it worked! It’s so easy and simple and works wonderfully to get the “fishy smell” or any other unpleasant scents out of the microwave instantly. Here’s all you have to do:
Place a small amount of baking soda in a microwave safe container. The amount doesn’t matter too much, maybe at least 1/4 to 1/3 cup?
Place a small amount of water in with the baking soda and give it a stir. You don’t want soup, you want a thick liquid for consistency.
Place the container in the microwave and “cook” for about a minute. Once the minute is up, take a whiff of the microwave. If the smell is gone, you’ve done it! If a bit of the odor remains, add a little more water to your baking soda and give it another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
So simple, right? I’ve tried this now on many different smells and it works wonderfully! The only thing that it hasn’t really worked on is really burnt food smell, unfortunately, that one seems to have to dissipate on its own.
Find even more Uses for Baking Soda here.
Have you tried this little trick before? Has it worked for you?