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Questions tagged [cleaning]

For questions about cleaning kitchen equipment after use. Please also tag with type of equipment you're cleaning. Do not use for food preparation (washing produce, cleaning fish, etc), just use the tag for the food you're preparing

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Removing Pesticides from Herbs like Cilantro

Not too long ago I read a study saying that mixing baking soda and water and cleaning your fruits in this solution removed upwards of 90% of the pesticides from them. I was wondering if something like ...
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Should I clean all of my cooking utensils after being exposed to mothballs (naphthalene) for over a week?

While I was away on vacation my roommate put mothballs in the kitchen cabinets where the pots and pans and cutlery are stored. I have removed them and thrown them out ( not sure if I was overreacting ...
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Are tomatoes worth rinsing off if you boil them soon after?

Have a large set of tomatoes to make some pasta sauce. To soften them for the food mill I boil them. My question is whether it's worth rinsing if they're eventaully gonna get boiled anyway?
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Why does plastic never dry properly in a dishwasher?

Whenever I get tasked with unloading the dishwasher, I'm always amazed at the amount of water that's still stuck (always in droplets) to our plastic kitchen utensils and storage containers. We have ...
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How do you clean tupperware? [duplicate]

How do you clean tupperware that is always so stained after pasta sauce has been in it
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How to clean molten plastic from a pizza stone?

I have a pizza stone, which has molten plastic on it (it touched the edge of a plastic chopping board briefly, while hot). I cleaned as best as I could with water, but when I put it in the oven it ...
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How can I remove oil spots from kitchen floor? [closed]

Sometimes during cooking oil drops falls in floor, and look ugly. How can I remove these types of oil spots from floor?
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How can I save sweet from ants without refrigerator?

Sometimes when I don't have refrigerator, I didn't save sweet from ants. How can I save sweet things from ants without refrigerator?
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How can I remove the little white insects from semolina and flour?

Sometimes I feel that little white insects seem in flour and semolina , specially in rainy season. The flour and semolina attacked these insects can be used ? If yes then how can I remove these ...
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Can oven cleaning sprays poison the quality of the food baked in an oven if not cleared away?

I want to ask Is it good to use oven cleaning sprays to clean oven. Does the quality of the food baked in an oven will not goes down or become unhealthy?
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Removing burnt olive oil from an enamelled cast iron pan and a non-stick marble pan?

I was wondering what the best way to remove this burnt on olive oil is? These are both pretty new pans. I've heard of using an oven cleaner for the cast iron pan but I'm unsure if it will ruin the ...
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Washing oil off of hands

I made a recipe that was more hands-on and the recipe had a decent amount of oil, so I was wondering what is the most efficient way to get the oil off? I tried wiping my hands before washing them, but ...
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Is it safe to use a HydroFlask (vacuum flask) with scratches on the inside?

When I was washing my HydroFlask out before the first use, I put a wet paper towel on the inside of the bottle and used the handle of wooden spoon to push the towel around the very bottom. When I took ...
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Does “build up” on the bottom of copper-bottom stainless sauce and frying pans matter?

I am not the most fastidious pot washer: over the years, my copper-bottomed fry pans have developed a layer of (I guess) burned oil residue. Aside from any "ick" factor, does this affect the the ...
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Is it really necessary to avoid using soap on a cast iron skillet?

Hello Seasoned Adviced community! When talking about cast iron skillets, it is common to hear the advice "don't ever use soap to wash the skillet." However, I rarely hear specific reasons for why it ...
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How do I fix improperly seasoned cast iron pans?

I'm quite new to cooking as a whole. A few months back I bought a set of VonShef cast iron pans. When seasoning them, I unfortunately made two errors. First, in my naïveté, I used vegetable oil as ...
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how to clean a tomato [duplicate]

How should a standard supermarket tomato be cleaned before putting it in a green salad. Is a quick rinse under running water with light rubbing under the palm and fingers adequate?
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My wok pan looks worn off, I can see the silver underneath, why?

I saw this today and it's very new. What's the problem? Is it caused by scratching or using dishwasher? What may have caused it? I always wash it with a very soft sponge, but other flatmates might ...
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Can I clean cast iron with a steel pad

I used a Brillo pad on my cast iron skillet. It is seasoned, not enameled. I want to know if this could damage my cast iron skillet. Also can it be fixed?
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Advantages/disadvantages for limescale cleaning methods?

Are there any advantages/disadvantages for different methods for cleaning limescale (from a kettle/thermos)? The methods I know about: Citric acid (lemon/lime salt?) Vinegar I usually prefer the ...
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Cleaning plastic bags used for sous vide

I am using this kind of vacuum bag for sous vide. They work perfectly but recently I have been having a problem cleaning them. I let them sit for a few days after using them without cleaning them, ...
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How did grease get in under cooktop on stove?

Even though I don't fry things often somehow there is grease all along the gap between my gas cooktop and the rest of the stove (above the knobs) which I suddenly noticed. The cooktop does not lift up ...
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the corrosion(?) spots on my all-clad MC2 stock pot

On all-clad's website, it states that the interior of this pot is made of 18/10 stainless steel. However, this pot grows some brown/gray spots which I've never seen on my other stainless steel pots. ...
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How to address this burnt sugar conundrum

Some Caribbean recipes, such as this Jamaican oxtail stew, ask for browning sauce, which is essentially burnt sugar: Heat a large Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Add brown sugar ...
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Cooking different meats on George Foreman grill

If I cook some chicken breasts on a George Foreman Grill, can I cook another type of meat straight after it? Or do I need to clean the grill inbetween each? I've been doing the latter since I bought ...
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Do dishes used for preparing food need to be washed with soap?

It seems to me that washing dishes with soap serves two purposes: To remove food residue from the dishes To kill bacteria that got on the dishes As far as I know, the primary way bacteria get on ...
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Can one use SOS pad on Gotham frying pan?

Stains remaining in frying pan after cooking meat that sticks to the pan. I have tried SOS pads, is that okay?
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Black spotting/dust in stainless steel utensils.Is this mildew?

I moved into this house a couple of months ago and bought some high quality stainless steel utensils with me from my house. I am noticing some black spots that don't go away with scratching or washing ...
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Black spots in porcelain coffee mug

I bought a (fine china) coffee mug a couple of months ago and started using it recently. I saw 3 black spots in the inside of the mug and a lot more speck-like scattered on the outside.Initially, I ...
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cast iron skillet

I put my cast iron skillet on the stove top , turned up the heat slowly then turning it up high , when I removed the pan, I obseverd a ring/mark the size of my glass top burner almost like a burn mark ...
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What is this slimy coloured stuff growing in my plates?

Recently, I observed that there is some brown slimy stuff on the underside of my plates. I don't know what they are or how they form. I tried removing it with a tooth pick, but was too hard to come ...
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Black spots in the kitchen sink

I just moved into a new flat and there seems to be some black spots in the kitchen sink(image attached).Is this black mold?How can I get rid of them safely? PS: There is some black mold lining on the ...
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do flavors transfer?

I brought out my old cast iron pan and scrubbed it with salt and seasoned it yesterday. I have used it in the past for a few things but not much. I want to start using it on a regular basis. ...
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How many wash cycles should I aim for when washing brown rice?

I was told that I'm supposed to keep washing the brown rice with water, empty the pot out, and repeat until the water doesn't become foggy anymore to get rid of the arsenic. For each cycle, I pat, ...
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How clean should the outside of pots and pans be scrubbed?

I’m the official pot-scrubber in our household. I have a question on how clean one should scrub the outside of stainless and copper pots and pans and whether this is merely an aesthetic choice. I ...
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What's an effective way to remove this stubborn burnt-on oil from a saucepan? [duplicate]

I have a stainless steel saucepan that has dark burnt on oil around the sides. I'm assuming it's from cooking oil since I use oil in this saucepan a lot. It seems to just keep building up and up and ...
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Cleaning dark stone kitchen countertops

I have lived in two kitchens where the countertop was a dark stone material. In one case, it was black granite with copper flecks and in my current kitchen, it is solid dark brown quartz composite. In ...
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Food was left in Instant Pot for a month and it grew mold. Is it safe to use it after cleaning?

I have an Instant Pot. I made some rice about a month ago and haven’t used it since. Unfortunately someone in the house put the cover on the pot with the rice inside and left it there. I just opened ...
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Is washing hands before handling meat/poultry necessary?

I was wondering if meat and chicken get cooked well, do we need to wash our hands before handling it?
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tarry deposit in wok

I've cooked maybe a dozen times with my flat-bottom wok (carbon steel, uncoated). A layer of ‘tar’ has developed in the bottom, which I've been unable to clean out. The ‘tar’ doesn't seem to affect ...
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Safe and efficient way to keep hands clean while preparing food [duplicate]

In various cooking videos (either online or tv etc) I have seen the cook typically touch either raw chicken or raw meat or raw eggs and then without washing their hands touch other thing like salt and ...
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Cleaning out coffee pots and thermoses

Is there a commonly available cleaning solution I can use for coffee pots and infuser thermoses for coffee and tea? I have a number of these that are starting to show coffee stains and particle ...
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Why doesn't chainmail ruin a cast iron's seasoning but metal scouring pad will?

I've often seen small swatches of stainless steel chainmail sold for the purpose of cleaning a cast iron pan. How is that this does not scratch/ruin my cast iron's seasoning, when a metal scouring pad ...
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Is it sufficient to wash utensils, which have touched chicken, with soapy water

In the kitchen, I am very health conscious and try to prepare and store foods with care After working with a whole chicken, I usually wash the chopping board and knife with hot (but not boiling) ...
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Milk spilled on the stovetop - Do I have to clean absolute everything?

I was doing a one pot mac n cheese and the milk kinda came out. I started cleaning the top, remeved the electric burners, went under where I noticed a big spill. I abosbred it all mostly with some ...
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Should I clean the pan between batches of browning

I am a proponent of browning meat at high temperature to get the maillard reaction prior to whatever remaining cooking steps there may be. I usually use a large stainless steel pan and a quantity of ...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

I have a confession to make. I was lazy, I didn't think it would cause any harm, but it did. And now they are back. The fruit flies have taken over my kitchen, and I need help fighting them. Story: ...
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I accidentally put aluminum foil in my microwave, how can I clean the scorch marks?

I have a microwave/grill combo and I accidentally had aluminum foil inside when starting the microwave function. By the time I realized it was already sparking and left brown scorch marks on the ...
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Is it okay to remove oil/grease stains from anodized aluminum pan using vinegar?

I bought a brand new hard anodized pan for making roti. I used some oil while cooking. After cooking, washing I saw these stains (most likely grease) that would not be removed after washing with my ...
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How to clean melted plastic from oven

My mother recently bought a sheet of what she thought was aluminum foil to line the bottom of our oven, in an effort to make cleaning easier. It turned out that the "foil" was actually plastic, and ...