Oven Smells Like Dead Mouse! (Here’s What To Do)

The Oven Smells Like Dead Mouse!

One of the nastiest situations you face with the oven is when there’s a dead rodent in it – argh, where on earth did it come from? You might be surprised to know that mice ending up in ovens is quite a common problem; these tiny rodents have their ways.

But the good news is, you can easily tackle this gross situation. Here’s how you do it:

First, locate the dead mouse in your oven and get rid of it. Next, spray the oven with an oven cleaner and wipe it with a wet piece of cloth to remove mouse droppings and dried urine. If your oven smells bad after removing the dead body and wiping its remnants, boil a bowl full of white vinegar and water in your oven, and it will surely overcome that foul smell.

Mice can create a nasty mess in your oven and require proper cleaning before you start using it again.

We have compiled this guide to help you with this problematic situation and answer some important questions about ovens that smell bad; keep reading to fix this problem!

Why Does My Oven Smell Like A Dead Mouse?

Picturing how a mouse can make its way to the oven is a tough one for most, especially when you’re big on maintaining hygiene.

However, regularly cleaning the oven and the kitchen doesn’t rule out the possibility that there can be a rodent somewhere trying to sneak into your oven.

Similarly, there can be another reason for that horrible smell in your oven; mice aren’t always the culprits.

Therefore, it is important to understand why your oven smells that bad and whether or not it’s actually a dead animal’s smell.

Here are the major possibilities behind your oven smelling like a dead mouse:

A Dead Mouse or Squirrel

f you feel a staunch smell every time you open the oven door, there can be a dead rodent somewhere in it. Since oven vents are pretty cold and dark, many animals inhabit them and eventually find their way to the oven.

If you have a small oven, you can easily locate any dead animal that might be trapped in its gas pipes or electric cords, but that’s not quite easy with larger ovens. You’ll have to pop your head in the oven to find where the dead body is trapped.

Once you find a mouse, raccoon, or squirrel in the oven or oven vent, get rid of it ASAP to overcome the source of that disgusting smell.

Mouse Droppings

If you don’t find something dead inside your oven, but it smells animal-like, mice droppings and dried urine can be causing it. Inspect your oven and completely remove these droppings before you use any cleaning solution or spray.

Decomposing Food Particulate

This might not strike as a reason for the unbearable smell, but it’s not out of this world. Whether you have just moved to a house or opened your oven after months and a gross smell hit your senses, decomposed food can be the culprit.

Sometimes we forget to timely clean burnt food and spill-overs that keep accumulating and start decomposing with time. The good part about decomposed food is that overcoming its smell is easier than dead animals.

How Do You Get The Smell Of A Dead Mouse Out Of Your Oven?

After you identify the source of smell your oven emits, the next step is to remedy this problem as soon as possible.

If you’re unsure how you can overcome such a gross smell, we have got you covered.

Clean the Oven

  • Start with locating and removing the dead body that’s causing the smell.
  • Next, make sure your oven is plugged from the wall socket.
  • Use a dry rag to take out mouse droppings and food particles you might find in the oven.
  • Now, thoroughly spray your oven with the oven cleaner and leave it on for a few minutes.
  • Use a wet rag or a towel to wipe the oven clean. This step should leave your oven squeaky clean.

Kill the Smell

If you have removed the dead animal and cleaned the oven, but it still smells bad, don’t worry because it is bound to happen- rodent smells don’t go that easily. Follow any of these two ways to kill that foul smell from your oven:

Method 1: White Vinegar Solution

  • Mix some white vinegar and water in an oven-proof bowl and put it in your oven.
  • Turn on the oven and let it run for 60 minutes at high.
  • After 60 minutes, turn down the flame to medium and leave it on for another hour.
  • Turn off your oven and let the water-vinegar solution come down to room temperature inside it.
  • Take the bowl out and check if that staunch smell has gone.

This method is likely to overcome your oven’s dead mouse smell, but if it doesn’t, repeat this process unless you’re happy.

Since white vinegar has a mild aroma, it overcomes the oven’s smell and leaves it with a mild scent that goes away if your oven has good ventilation.

Method 2: Bleach Solution

Using bleach solution is another reliable way of killing oven smells without damaging its electric and glass parts.

  • Mix one part liquid bleach with 10 parts water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray this cleaner on your oven’s contaminated and smelly regions and leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
  • Don’t spray this solution on your oven’s cords and electric components because they can chip because of bleach.
  • Use a dry rag to wipe this solution, and complete this process by wiping your oven inside out with a wet rag.
  • Open the oven door and provide it with sufficient ventilation. You can also blow some air inside the oven via a pedestal fan to remove the lingering smell. Providing the oven with adequate ventilation is always important.

Besides vinegar and bleach solutions, you can also use orange peels, coffee beans, and rose water to kill oven smells.

But remember that they only work for mild smells, and you’ll need something potent like bleach or vinegar to overcome decomposing smells.

Can The Smell Of A Dead Mouse In The Oven Be Harmful? Can You Get Sick?

Dead animal smells can cause nausea, headaches, and sometimes virus attacks if you keep inhaling them. However, that only happens when you don’t remedy this problem, and a dead animal keeps decomposing in your vicinity. When you get rid of the decomposing body, the chances of you getting sick from the remaining smell aren’t high.

But that doesn’t mean you remove the decomposing rodent from your oven and leave its smell behind because it can still give you bad headaches and make you puke.

Once you get rid of the animal’s body, thoroughly wipe your oven and air it out to ensure there’s no musty or nasty smell left. Doing so will not only improve your oven’s hygienic condition, but it’ll also positively impact the air you breathe in.

Most mouse-related diseases and infestations occur because of fly infestation and microbes feeding over the dead mass. Once you remove the base problem, the remaining smell becomes pretty harmless (but it remains nauseating).

This foul smell can also leach into anything you cook in the oven (you shouldn’t do that unless it’s clean and smell-free) and surely make you puke. So, don’t play cool when there’s a dead mouse in your oven; wear your gloves and take it out before it starts to rot.

Since indoor air quality affects your health, it’s only intelligent to tackle such situations right away. Regain your oven’s freshness by removing the source of the odor and cleaning its remnants with due diligence.

How Long Does A Dead Mouse’s Smell Last?

Average-sized mice take 3-4 weeks to decompose and then 1-2 weeks to completely dehydrate. If your oven has good ventilation, a dead mouse’s smell with last for 4-6 weeks if you don’t get rid of the carcass. Once the dead mouse completely dehydrates, it stops smelling.

But this is not the standard. The duration of a dead mouse’s smell depends on its size and your oven’s ventilation. Let’s assume your oven vent is closed and a mouse died in the oven, which you cannot remove for some reason.

Now, this nasty being can smell bad for months because it doesn’t have an air outlet. However, if the rodent dies in a relatively airy place, its smell can end within 3-5 weeks because of good airflow.

Until the carcass completely dries out and there are no flies or microbes to feast on it, it keeps emitting foul smells that end up ruining your home’s air quality.

If you carefully clean and deodorize your oven, it will stop emitting that foul, decomposing smell within a day; so, it’s worth the effort.

Therefore, it is important to take care of the oven and oven vent because otherwise, your kitchen (or worse, home) won’t smell the same again.

Final Thoughts

Mice can sneak in your oven only to end up dead or worst, cooked – yuck. And apart from the puke-worthy process of removing a dead mouse from the oven, another problem you face is a lingering smell.

If you’re stuck with this problem, don’t think that it’ll go away if you wait. To overcome this situation, you’ll have to thoroughly clean the oven and deodorize it with an effective substance.

We covered the process of cleaning and deodorizing an oven if it has gone through a rodent-related mishap. Follow the steps listed above to regain your oven’s freshness and hygiene before you resume using it. Good luck!

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