(originally published January 18, 2007) Once the toaster is completely cool and unplugged, here are a few things to try getting melted plastic off from the side of it. You may want to test a small area first to make sure the finish won’t be harmed or scratched.
- Dab nail polish remover on a cloth, then use it to rub off the spot.
- Dab WD40 on a cloth, then rub away.
- Try rubbing alcohol on a cloth, then scrub.
- Heat appliance again until plastic is soft, unplug then firmly wipe off the softened piece with a damp cloth. Wash out the cloth then lightly sprinkle on some baking soda while cloth is still wet* and rub gently over remaining residue. *Wring out excess first–you don’t want dripping water.
- Smother the spot with petroleum jelly, set for a minute, then wipe off.
After treating, wipe area well with a hot soapy cloth to get rid of any remaining residue.
(originally published December 28, 2006) Here are two different methods you can try:
- Right after using, add warm water and a good splash of vinegar to blender. Turn on and let it work the liquid for about a minute. Pour out, rinse well and the container should be sparkling.
- Fill half way with warm water, add a small squirt of liquid dish detergent and turn on high for about 30 seconds. Repeat if needed. Rinse well.
You can also do Method #1 as a rinse method.
Extra Crusty Fix:
- If it was left sitting until there is dried, crusty food bits inside: fill with warm, soapy water (or vinegar water) and let sit for about 30 to 60 minutes. Empty water to about half and then blend for 30 second intervals until clean.
(originally published January 22, 2008) I’m sure we all do fine washing out our cheese graters but here is a collection of tips that will help make the job easier for the stubborn hole cloggers, one or two might be new to you.
- Brush off as much of the loose bits as you can, both on the inside and outside (I just do this by hand–carefully).
- Soak in hot soapy water.
- Take a nylon pad or dish brush and scrub away.
- On the inside, you can scrub both up and down–but on the outside, be careful so you don’t rip up the tool you’re using.
- Grate a raw potato or apple after you’re done using it, this helps unplug the holes.
- Spray non-stick cooking spray on the gadget before you start using it. This helps get the gunk out quicker, just a few dunks in warm, soapy water and the bits should pop out.
- Use a nylon brush dish scrubber and rub the inside, the bits should come out of the holes fairly easily.
- Use a toothbrush set aside just for using on kitchen gadgets.
- Too many gunky, clingy pieces that just won’t release from the holes easily? Try freezing the gadget for a few hours, then brushing off the frozen bits.
Do you have method not mentioned? Please share it below :).
(originally published January 24, 2007) To bring a shine back to your stove’s exhaust fan and hood, first turn off the power to the appliance. Here are some tips for cleaning the grease filter:
- Soak filter in a degreaser, rinse then toss it in the dishwasher. If it’s stainless steel, you should be able to use regular detergent no problem.
- If it’s aluminum, be aware that the detergent can cause discoloration or pitting. You can try running it through a cycle without it. I personally don’t worry about it, but it’s something you should be aware of.
- Another option you might like to try is taking it to the car wash and using the power spray hose with hot water to hose it down.
- If they’re charcoal filters, just replace when needed.
For both inside and outside the hood, apply degreaser to a damp cloth and wipe down. Make sure not to spray any directly on the appliance since you could accidentally spray some into the exhaust fan motor or light fixture.
If the buildup inside the hood is especially thick, first make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Take a cloth wet with hot, soapy water and then scrub with the paste in a circular motion–wipe off as much as the grease as you can then rinse the cloth in a bucket of hot, soapy water. Reapply baking soda paste on the cloth and repeat as needed.
Once the majority of buildup has been removed–wash the unit with hot, soapy water to remove all traces of the baking soda paste and then wipe with degreaser if needed.
How To Wax A Wood Cutting Board
- Wash the board well and rinse in a sink of hot water with a splash of bleach.
- Dry it as best you can, then let sit overnight to ensure there is no moisture left in the wood.
- Pour melted paraffin wax over top with enough wax to cover it completely.
- Now iron the wax into the wood using an old iron.
- The wax will seal the surface and any cracks to protect it from bacteria and stains being absorbed in the wood.
- Leave it aside for another night before using.
- Repeat this process whenever you notice bare spots in the wood.
Once done, rub the heated iron on an old towel to remove the wax. (Originally published February 21, 2007)