How to Remove Burnt Plastic Odors

7 responses

  1. Tiffany
    April 14, 2014

    Is the smoke harmful to inhale?


  2. Amanda
    August 8, 2014

    What if a plastic cup got burned in a dishwasher? How do u get rid of that smell?


  3. CW
    October 11, 2014

    You’ll have some work cut out. Most fabrics absorb the smell and burning plastic usually puts off spider web-type residues. It will look like a dark cobweb. It’s fall cleaning time and that’s what you will need. There’s no quick fix. Like many said, you can mask it, but the first damp day, the stench overrides the masking. We had a fan ignite on the second floor. I still can smell traces on the lower level (after cleaning).


  4. Odourius
    March 13, 2015

    Thanks for the advice. I will have to try these.

    Two days ago, I was warming a piece of bread in the microwave on top of the microwave food cover, which is made out of PP plastic. I accidentally left it in for far too long until I noticed the smell of burning plastic. When I opened the microwave, a cloud of smoke came out and I noticed that the plastic around the bread had melted and become black, and the bread had stuck to the melted plastic. The food cover naturally went into the trash, but the smell of the charred plastic still lingers in my apartment two days later. I have aired the apartment for hours and the smell doesn’t go away.

    What worries me the most is the microwave. It works as well as before, but every time I warm something in it, it still releases a strong smell of plastic melting. So now I worry that the plastic fumes have created a layer of plastic inside the microwave, and that every time I use the microwave, the layer of plastic melts and creates more fumes, which both cause the smell as well as contaminating the food. I now have to test your cleaning advice when washing the inside of the microwave to see if the smell goes away.


  5. Gloria
    June 19, 2015

    Do I use fresh or used coffee grounds to get rid of burnt plastic smell??


    • Melanie
      June 21, 2015

      Using fresh grounds would work best.


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