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Anyone know how to get rid of the smell of rotten potatoes?

I had a bag of potatoes sitting on top of my microwave and one rotted. It's been two weeks. In that time I have scrubbed once with kitchen disinfectant, twice with bleach, once with oxyclean, and my husband has scrubbed it at least twice with who-knows-what. It STILL smells like a combination of my grandmother's BO, rotten-teeth breath, and rotten onions. What the heck do I need to do??? Man, they should use rotten potatoes in bio warfare!!!


Asked by Adelicious at 1:52 PM on Sep. 2, 2010 in Home & Garden

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Answers (5)
  • OH rotten potatoes are the worst. Bake some chocolate chip cookies. I'd retire that MW to the garage for awhile.


    Answer by Sisteract at 6:03 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • Try putting a dish of baking soda out. It should absorb some of the smell. Are you sure none fell behind the microwave?

    Answer by mommypip at 1:54 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • Try putting a lump of coal behind the microwave and put some coffee beans or ground coffee in an open container on top.It gets rid of the smell.

    Answer by MyrMar at 2:04 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • Yeah, I totally moved my microwave to a different room. The only thing that stinks is the top of the microwave where the rotten stuff was.

    Comment by Adelicious (original poster) at 2:05 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • Vinegar and baking soda.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:47 PM on Sep. 2, 2010