Questions tagged [cleaning]

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My white device has turned yellow

Here is my white device, which has turned yellow on one side while cooking an over done cheese burger: Does anybody know whether it is possible to turn it back to the white color?
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How to remove hardened dough from hair?

Besides cutting the hair or applying conditioner or oils, what else can be done to remove hardened dough from hair? Would vinegar dissolve hardened flour? Update: The lump is an odd consistency: ...
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Smart ways to clean a greasy metal vessel?

I cooked up some meatloaf in a copper dish and it came out great. The dish itself, a little less so. I don't want to scratch the surface or wash it down the drain, what are some good ways to clean ...
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What is the best method/product for cleaning pasta's starch residue from colander and cooking pot?

After cooking pasta, I typically drain it in a colander. I have found the starch residue in both the cooking pot and particularly the colander is difficult to clean without hand scrubbing it. I am ...
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How to declog coffee maker clogged by milk

I have a coffee maker which I used milk in it rather than water. Now milk has clogged its tubes as shown here: Can anybody help me with a simple and easy trick to clean and declog the coffee maker ...
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How to clean pulp collector of a fruit juice extractor

Not sure if my problem is directly related to home improvement, but this problem at home is making trouble for me. I have a New Life juice extractor of model FJU-30W-310 which has a pulp collector ...
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How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer?

I use a Misto oil spritzer. You fill it up with oil and pump it up and spray a pan with it. It's gotten clogged up so that it just squirts a steady stream of oil (not a spray). Any ideas how to ...
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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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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 the ...
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Cooking with sugar makes pan very difficult to clean

I was improvising with some scrambled eggs, and decided to put a spoonful of white sugar in while cooking them. The recipe was good, but the subsequent coating of egg on the teflon pan was very ...
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preseasoned pan - now blackened and chipping [duplicate]

While I've found similar posts, I have not found a perfect answer and thought I'd share my cleaning routine in case that is creating a problem. I purchased a pre-seasoned Lodge skillet about a year ...
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Restore Luster Craft

I recently inherited a very old but complete set of Luster Craft stainless steel waterless cookware. I know I can use barkeepers friend to clean but what should I use to polish the steel and the ...
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How do I get rid of bugs in rice?

Can you please suggest to me how to prevent rice from getting very small black coloured insects, they are really irritating us by spreading total house and bothering my little kid a lot. I am from ...
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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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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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Plastic on grill: is my family safe?

I received an unwanted letter and, my county not allowing open-burning, I used my closed-top propane grill to burn it. After sticking it into the slots, I realized that this is imprudent, because of ...
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How do I clean a pasta maker?

I am experimenting with a home pasta maker, and after all the fun comes the cleaning up. My worries come from tiny bits of dry dough I find when I clean the machine. There always seem to be more every ...
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How do you disinfect various cooking items that have touched raw meat?

As a novice cook I am looking to perfect my approach to cleaning and disinfecting various things I use to handle raw meat such as cutlery, tongs, large knives, plates, bowls and cutting boards to ...
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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 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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Very moldy cast iron cookware - what's the best way to clean it?

Returning home after using cast iron cookware on a camping trip, I forgot to clean the cast iron in the midst of much unpacking and other matters. As a result of A) leaving any cookware with food in ...
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How to recover a cast-iron pot?

I heated up a cast-iron pot in an oven and might have burnt the lid. Is it possible to restore it back to its formal glory?
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How to remove white stain after stove cleaning?

I cleaned the gate of my stove using easy off oven cleaner and then had some white stains that cannot be removed: How do I remove the stains?
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I rarely clean the old oil from my slow-cooker, is it OK?

I put some chicken/beef into my slow-cooker, pour some olive oil and cook it for 4-5 hours. After that, if some meat is still left in the cooker, I may heat it up again the next day or the day after ...
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How to clean a toaster from inside?

This is the toaster that I have. I wish to clean it from inside. It has got a kind of wire mesh inside it. What's the way out?
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Sticky aluminum half sheet pans - Self cleaning oven - What would happen?

I recently cleaned my broiler pan with great success in my self-cleaning oven. Great. Now I'm looking at my aluminum half-sheet pans. They're sticky, they're discolored, I only have so much elbow ...
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If I'm freezing live clams, purge before or after freezing?

I buy live mussels and clams from Diana's Seafood in Scarborough, Toronto. It's far from home, so I go just once every one or two weeks. I always "Purge" Clams Before Cooking to Get All the Sand and ...
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Microwave door blew open when boiling water-vinegar mixture for cleaning

The inside walls of a microwave have become sticky. I was attempting to be a smart cookie and tried to clean it by boiling a glass of water-vinegar mixture inside it. However, this DIY backfired as ...
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black stain on my glass stove top

i have a black stain on one of my stove tops there were some smaller ones on the other three but they came off fairly easy. this has taken up almost the entire top and looks almost as if the pattern ...
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Burned / black pizza stone

Placed pizza stone in 525f oven to preheat. Smoke pouring out. Opened window, exhaust & even the bathroom exhaust. Thought it would quit eventually. Put pizza in oven for approx 8 min. Smoke ...
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Why clean a pot (used to cook rice) with cold water?

Some people have told me that it's better to clean a dirty pot (used to cook rice) with cold water, rather than the hot water I use for all the other dishes. What would be the purpose of this?
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How to save my almonds from moths

I bought a large amount of almonds at a bargain price. While moving the almonds to jars, I spotted a white powder which was very reminiscent of the eggs of the pantry moth. In the past, such powder ...
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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

We bought a pizza stone from a thrift store (so at least it was cheap). Unfortunately we cleaned it with soap before reading up on how to clean them. I know, rookie mistake. Is there any way to fix ...
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How to clean an electric kettle?

I have an electric kettle that I clean by scrubbing the insides with plain water. I was wondering if there was a better way to clean it. I remember hearing somewhere that you can clean a coffemaker by ...
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Should I “sponge” tea?

I went to a tea shop for Chinese New Year and the owner was incredible adamant about rinsing, sponging and reusing the tea. Is this a normal thing? Should I be doing it? What teas should I be doing ...
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How to clean scrambled eggs from a pan?

As an example, I made eggs using Gordon Ramsay's Perfect Scrambled Eggs, at the end the pan ends up having a layer of eggs attached to the bottom and sides that is very difficult to wash (not a ...
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Induction adapter left stain on cooktop

My induction adapter left stain on my cooktop. I use the hob cleaner, vinegear but nothing seems to work. can anyone help. It’s new hob.
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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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Lining a frying pan with aluminum foil to reduce post-cooking cleanup?

I make a lot of stir fry in my frying pan, and I hate cleaning it up. Often, if I do not clean the pan immediately, the stir fry residue (little pieces I have failed to scooped out when moving the ...
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How to clean an induction stove from overheat?

After all water in teapot was boiled, an empty teapot was left on the surface and stove was turned on. You can see the spot on the photo. Is there some ways to fix or clean this? Induction hob model ...
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potential cereulide on plastic container, can it be washed off?

I recently saw a video of a person who died from eating 5 day old unrefrigerated pasta. The cause was cereulide toxin from Bacillus cereus bacteria in the food. I recently left pasta unrefrigerated in ...
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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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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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Washing or rinsing fish and seafood

Do you wash or rinse your fish before cooking it? I usually don't, but I'm not sure whether I'm right or wrong. Well, ok, I guess it's probably unnecessary in most cases but, what if we're making a ...
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Who would I take my knives to, to be conditioned?

I would like my knives all to be sharpened by a professional. Some knives I cannot sharpen because they have an intricate serrated edge that I would ruin if I used my own stone. Several of my knives ...
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What is this rust-like stain on my aluminum pot, and how do I clean it?

Today I tried making Dulce de Leche from a can of condensed milk, using my aluminum pot as it's the biggest cookware I have. However, after lifting the can, it seems to have left this circular, ...
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Crackling sound and a thin layer of something on the surface before water boils

I washed my cooking pot and put some water in it, and put it on the stove. When the water came close to boiling, I started hearing crackling sounds and there was a thin coat of some substance on the ...
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How do I eliminate a lingering smell of fried food?

Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the ...
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Stainless steel pan discoloration [duplicate]

I couldn't find something that resembles this but one day I used my stainless steel pan and I think I didn't clean it properly so I woke up to discover these "stains" on it (BKF didn't help scrub them ...
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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 ...