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What is a mild detergent?

I recently obtained a dehydrator, and the instructions say for cleaning you have to: "Simply soak the trays in warm water with a mild detergent for several minutes" Can someone please define ...
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The best way to clean a French Press coffee maker

I have been using a French Press coffee maker for quite some time now, and I have tried a few methods for removing the spent coffee grinds from the vessel. It is always a bit of a chore to this in an ...
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Wooden cutting board turns black

My wooden cutting board is turning black! I tried reposition the cutting board and even tried hanging them but regardless of the different configuration, water still accumulate at a certain region ...
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Is there any way to remove stains (e.g. from curries and pasta sauces) from plastic containers?

I like using microwaveable plastic containers to bring my lunch in as they are my lighter than the Pyrex/glass versions. However, reheating my food up creates unsightly stains.
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Gummy residue from baking spray/oil

I'm sure everyone's seen this - that brownish stuff left behind when you grease an area of a baking dish that gets left exposed to the heat. Soap doesn't bother it too much, and it likes to gum up my ...
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How to deseed a guava?

I found guavas in the local Asian store and bought one out of curiosity. While I have had guava juice, I've never eaten the fruit before. I bit into the fruit only to find my mouth full of hard ...
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Cleaning Range Ventilation [duplicate]

I have a hood ventilation system that vents to the outside. It has removable grease traps, as pictured below. I've put them in the dishwasher, but the grease has polymerized onto them. I'm looking ...
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Why does my colander feel slimy after I use it to drain pasta?

I'd imagine the "slimy" feeling is due to all the starch passing over and through it. But how come it's so hard to clean? Even with repeated scrubbing the slickness can stubbornly remain.
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How do I clean these gloves so they do not leave marks?

They leave marks on dishes in the pattern of the gloves. Details Tried soap, bleach, ammonia, vinegar, scalding water, microfiber cloth. Only the fingertips leave marks and are sticky. Palms or ...
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Slow cooker lid gasket smell

I bought a Hamilton Beach slow cooker a while ago. I never had success with it since all the stuff that I made didn't smell good. I finally figured out that it was the rubber gasket on the lid that ...
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Cleaning a moldy Ninja Blender so it is again safe for use?

I have a ninja blender that was left in the fridge for too long and has a mold problem. When I found it, I washed it with piping hot water heated by our gas water heater. I've read some other ...
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What's this discoloration in my saucepan? [duplicate]

I've noticed this discoloration on or near the bottom of my saucepan, which stays even after cleaning. When dry, parts of the pan will appear slightly pinkish or greenish. Furthermore, there is often ...
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How to keep my stainless steel skillet clean

I have a KitchenAid skillet that I love. But I can't seem to get it cleaned easily. It looks much like this one, but with a brushed exterior and the bottom of the interior is grooved or ribbed. For ...
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How to clean cauliflower?

I have asked many people about "best to way to clean cauliflower" before cooking. I got several answers, like keeping in salt water or add soak in turmeric mixed water. And also how do you remove ...
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How do I clean up my utensils after cutting extremely hot chillis? [duplicate]

As a corollary to a previous question: How to dilute the concentration of extrememly hot chillis Are there any precautions or cleaning methods that I have to take when cutting said naga chillis? ...
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How to remove residual flavours from, e.g., a coffee press

I'm considering using a glass coffee-press jug as a mixing vessel for other drinks but I'm worried about residual coffee flavour even after using normal detergent. Is this something I should be ...
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How do I clean a pot after boiling eggs?

After boiling 8 batches of eggs, how can I clean the build up of calcium off the bottom of the pot?
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Boiling Water For Pasta - With Lid On…Do I Have To Wash The Lid?

I hope this is an appropriate question for the site. Today I was cooking pasta. To begin with, I filled a pot of water and placed the lid on top. Then I cranked the heat up until the water was ...
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What are some recommended methods of cleaning wooden cutting boards?

Supposedly, wooden cutting boards should not be submerged in lots of soap and water because too much moisture leads to rot. How can one optimize for cleanliness while also caring for the board?   ...
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How do I clean deep burns in my oven?

So our apartment has an oven that, without fail, creates considerable smoke when we use it. And we've been trying to clean it as best we can with baking soda and vinegar, along with Bon Amie powder ...
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Are recirculation extractor hoods good?

I am looking for a extractor hood, and I see that there exist ones with air recirculation, so a pipe to lead the smoke/greasy air away is not needed. So I wonder, how good are these? Can they really ...
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is it okay to wash vegetables by soaking/submerging?

I go on frequent long-term road trips, and I don't have access to running water during those times. Is it okay to fill up a bowl of water and just stick the vegetables in there and rub them, take them ...
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Cleaning habanero oils off of tools

I made some habanero salsa last night for the first time (my god, was it delicious) and took care to clean everything that was used. I figured I was good when I had no problems taking my contacts out ...
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How to clean fresh champignons? [duplicate]

I bought some fresh champignons from the supermarket. What's the proper way to clean them before cooking (or rather frying) them? Should I just wash them with cold water? Should I peel them?
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How do I clean my hob?

I am using a Creda Capri hotplate hob (possibly this one [pdf]). The problem is the area around the burners has became too dirty, with sticky burns. Here's a photo: I have tried using Dettol Spray ...
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What is the proper way to maintain a can opener?

I bought a hand crank can opener (Oxo) because of the good online feedback and only use the "shake" dry approach. It quickly developed rust in between the metal. If I invest the time and scrub, I can ...
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Can I boil milk unattended (and still keep the pan clean)?

Many recipes call for first bringing milk up to boil. I normally boil 1 quart (1 litre) of milk in a 3-quart stainless steel heavy bottomed pan: use low heat keep scraping the bottom of the pan ...
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Should I wash newly bought plastic tumblers?

Just bought these one from IKEA. Beside from being dusty, I asked myself whether I should put these once before usage into the dishwasher to "wash away toxics" that might be on the surface of the ...
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How do you remove the stickiness from reusable plastic container or lid?

I have a blue plastic lid for my glass Anchor container. I noticed that the lid is very sticky to the touch from both sides. I've cleaned it thoroughly with soap but the stickiness is still there. ...
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How do you properly clean a cutting board and knife to prevent cross contamination?

I have one very nice cutting board that I like to use with my chef's knife. Because I only use this single cutting board and chef's knife, if I have a recipe that calls for cutting raw meat as well ...
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Is it normal to see flames inside my self-cleaning oven?

I spilled some sauce, cheese, and pepperoni in the oven last night while trying to transfer some homemade pizza from the pizza peel onto the pizza stone, so I decided to clean it today. I wiped the ...
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Easy Oven Cleaning - No products

The manual for my oven states that only warm water should be used for cleaning. I've followed this so far but it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the oven in a respectable condition. Does ...
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Lyle's Golden Syrup tin design, why is it like this and how to clean it

Lyle's Golden Syrup has a distinctive lid design, in which the top of the tin has a lip. This inevitably fills with syrup and makes the whole thing stickier than it needs to be. Is there a reason ...
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How to clean and maintain cast iron lids

I have a number of cast iron lids that fit skillets, dutch ovens, etc. Most have the little cone-shaped spikes on the underside to collect and return moisture to the food. I have no issues cleaning ...
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How to clean stains from inside of vacuum flask?

I use my vacuum flask to bring my lunch to work. I've been doing this almost every day for half an year or so. Now there are some sediments or stains in the bottom of the flask although I wash the ...
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What is the preferred method for sanitizing the kitchen?

I'm aware of a number of ways for sanitizing. Soap. Ammoniac. Bleach. Sodium bicarbonate. Which of these is the preferred method of sanitation? Which concentrations are recommended? How can you ...
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Steel Pan non-stick improvement by polishing

I recently started to research into my cookwares and decided a stainless-steel pan was a good budget investment to learn to cook better my steaks and other items. I cooked my first steaks over the ...
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Why does my pan always splatter when I make chicken breasts?

I've been cooking for myself since summer started and have been pan-frying a lot of chicken breasts in Sunflower oil. They taste great, but from about halfway through, there's a TON of splattering. ...
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Stains off of a glass top stove [duplicate]

I have tried a number of the solutions listed on my stove top to no avail. The stains are white, like water stains & I can't figure out what they could be. Any suggestions?
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How can I clean the brush that I am using for burnt pots?

How can I clean the brush that I am using for burnt pots? It is black and greasy..
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How do I clean off bread stuck to a non-flat / patterened cast iron pan?

If this was a normal pan I'd be scraping it with a metal spatula right now, but it's a custom shaped pan (for making novelty shape bread/cupcakes). There are no flat spots, just a lot of grooves and ...
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How do you clean a cast iron skillet?

I have a seasoned cast iron skillet, and I don't want to mess up the seasoning when I'm cleaning it. What do I use and what don't I use to get it back to clean? I've heard not to use soap and to ...
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Cleaning bacon in new cast iron

I have a new cast iron skillet. It came unseasoned, but I seasoned it using the flaxseed oil method that seems the new (recent?) hotness. When I then cook bacon in it some of the bacon is nailed to ...
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non stick presto electric skillet

My skillet is dishwasher safe but it comes out with rust colored spots on the bottom. The non-stick surface is rough and if I use a paper towel to wipe it down it leaves little pieces of paper ...
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Using the leftover oven heat

I use my oven a lot to bake things and roast vegetables, usually at 350 or 400 F. It stays hot for a while afterwards, and it seems like such a waste to not somehow use that heat. Are there any dishes ...
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How to clean a burnt cast iron pot?

I have this cast iron pot that my friend completely burnt. I was wondering what might be done to save this pot. I realize that this question seems similar to this one but in that one his skillet is ...
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Is it normal to wash an apple, or other fruits, with dish washing liquid?

I've never seen anyone do that until yesterday. So I wanted to know is this appropriate for when preparing apples for any meal, how about other fruits? Unlike plates, fruits can absorb chemicals.
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White Stains on stainless steel [duplicate]

So these are stains that I tried to get off with everything this board has adviced. Still no end in sight. I tried baking soda, citric acid, white vinegar, bar keeper's friend etc. Does anyone know ...
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How can I clean frozen (raw) chicken juice out of my freezer?

I am currently storing raw chicken sealed in plastic bags in my freezer. I suspect that raw chicken juice may be on the outside of some of the bags, contaminating my freezer. Is there a way to clean ...
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How to clean stains from rice cooker element?

I have a nicer Zojirushi rice cooker that has a removable pan which reveals a small heating element with a button in the middle. Through my use the element has gotten some light brown and black stains ...