My wife left a potato in the microwave for what would have probably been 45
minutes, if I let it. The potato clearly caught fire. By the time I heard
the smoke alarm go off and rushed in, the kitchen was full of smoke and the
microwave was still on.
After shutting off the oven and opening the door (no more flames at this
point) I surmised that there was probably a minimal flame/fire and more
smoke than anything else.
I cleaned the inside pretty well and you can't see any visible damage.
Trouble is the inside of the oven smells of smoke.
I can still use the oven as it appears not to be damaged and it cooks food
ok, still. Question: is there something I can do to get rid of the smell?
Like some sort of home-brewed concoction that I could leave in the oven
while it boiled and fumigated/deodorized the inside? Any commercial
products? Baking soda?
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
It will eventually air out. In the meantime, the smoke has covered the
internal fan, etc. so it's going to take a bit.
Not sure about any magic formulas, but I'd probably try putting a glass of
water in there, and putting the microwave on the lowest power setting for
about 60 minutes. This will run the fan, provide little, if any, heat, and
hopefully air it out.
We had a microwave at work in which someone left a bag of popcorn for
almost half an hour...the smell never completely left it. The plastic
inside is porous and there's usually grease and such way up in the
vents that will absorb a lot of the odr-causing particles.
We finally just ditched the silly thing when it still stank miestly a
year later. Microwave ovens are cheap.
(I do miss my Samsung, bought in 1976 or so, it was still going strong
in 2003 when we finally gave it to Salvation Army....was all stainles
steel inside except for the fang rille and light fixture in the top.)
Been there, done that. I tried vinegar
and water, boiling it. Nothing helped
Actually, on my oven, the "flame sensor"
popped .... actually after I shut if
is a fusable link on the top of the
oven. The heat finally caused it to
open. New sensor,
and it's good as new. The smell finally
went away after a few weeks. This oven has
very poor air circulation compared to
other units I have owned, so it took a
Walter Cohen wrote:
On Wed, 21 Sep 2005 22:19:02 -0400, "Walter Cohen"
1. Take the cover off the mw and clean the fan and stuff like that.
(unplug it fist) Put it back together.
2. Put some baking soda in a cup and put it inside for a day or two
3. Get a divorce
4. Hire a cook (or marry one)
5. the remaining potato should be very low carb. Sell it on Ebay for
the low carb fad dieters. The money will pay for your divorce lawyer,
if you make the shipping and handling high enough.
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