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5 Things You Should Never Put in Your Microwave

Sure, microwaves are one of the greatest kitchen inventions of our time. Most of us are too young to remember the days before you could just pop food in and heat it up in a matter of minutes. 

While modern-day microwaves can take on quite a bite of abuse, there are certain things that just don’t belong in the microwave. Microwaving these 5 things is a sure fire way to ruin your microwave, create a huge mess, and call for Dallas microwave repair:


Plastic plates, cups, and to-go containers just don’t belong in the microwave. First of all, they can begin to melt, leaving plastic residue in your food (not fun). Secondly, as plastic is heated, it secretes BPA, a substance known to disrupt your hormones and cause other health issues. The same applies to styrofoam.

Paper Bags

A bag of popcorn goes in the microwave – why can’t other paper bags? It’s simple. Popcorn bags are made for the microwave, specially formulated with a substance in the liner to absorb radio waves in the microwave. Regular paper bags don’t have this; therefore, they can break down, catch fire!, or even emit their own toxins and fumes into the microwave. No thanks.

Travel Mugs

It’s tempting to heat your coffee in your travel mug before leaving for work, but don’t do it! Travel mugs – whether stainless steel or plastic – are just not designed to be heated in the microwave. The stainless steel mugs may not heat because steel is common in the construction of the microwave, plus, it may cause other interferences with the microwaves. Plastic mugs – even those that say they are microwave safe – may melt, so avoid them all together. 


Most people know this, but it’s worth repeating. Any liner or material that contains foil cannot go into the microwave. If it does, it will likely cause sparks in the microwave, as the waves reflect off of the foil. This can be extremely dangerous – not to mention a surefire way to need microwave repair.


Why would anyone run the microwave with nothing in it? It seems pretty straightforward, but people do it everyday, and the results are not good. Without any food in the microwave, the waves simply bounce around aimlessly and can cause severe damage to the microwave components. 

Hopefully these tips help your microwave last longer and prevent microwave repair. Should you ever need appliance repair in Dallas, Texas, call us at Appliance Rescue Service for the best appliance repairman every time!

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How to Get Rid of Bad Odors in the Microwave

Ever burnt a bag of popcorn in the microwave, and it smelled like that for weeks?

Or had a microwave dinner explode in the microwave and the smelled lingered?

It’s the worst.

Here’s the good news: there are ways to get rid of those stubborn, bad microwave odors, and Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is here to show you how:

1.    Vinegar and Water

The last thing you want to do when trying to remove stubborn bad odors is to add new chemical smells to the situation. That’s why we love using all-natural products to get the job done! Start by trying a microwave safe measuring cup with half vinegar and half water. Microwave the mixture for 4 minutes, and not only will the mixture sanitize, but it will deodorize and absorb the scents as well. You can also try soaking a sponge in vinegar with a little baking soda, microwaving for 1 minute, then scrubbing the microwave with the sponge.

2.     Citrus

Citrus fruit is an excellent deodorizer and all-natural too! If the vinegar and water option doesn’t work, try slicing some lemon or orange slices and placing it in a microwave safe bowl with 1-2 cups of water. Microwave the mixture for 4 minutes, then let it sit for 12 hours. When you open the refrigerator, the microwave should be fresh and clean.

3.    Baking Soda

Most people have baking soda on hand, and in fact, baking soda is perfect for neutralizing odors and is a great all-natural cleaning product. Leave an open container of baking soda in the microwave for 12 hours to absorb bad microwave odors. 

Hopefully these tips help remove the bad odors and help make your microwave like-new! However, if you suspect a more serious issue is going on with your microwave and need microwave repair in Dallas, call us at Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 appliance repairman in Dallas, Texas

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