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Why does plastic never dry properly in a dishwasher?

In addition to the lower heat capacity (see other answer), a main reason, quite counterintuitive, why plastics don't dry well is that they're hydrophobic. That's right: they keep water sticking to ...
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

Fruit fly trap ! Put some strong smelling vinegar, like apple cider vinegar, in a glass and make the trap by making a cone with a sheet of paper. The strong sweet smell will attract them and they won'...
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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

I would rinse well with clear water. Allow to dry thoroughly, and then use as normal. There is a small chance that your pizza stone will impart a soap flavor to your pizza, but I would say that it ...
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How do I wash the "pokey" side of a box grater?

A dishwasher gets cheese off even that side - but that's no good if you don't have one, nor is it very effective against ginger and other fibrous foods. The best I've found is simply a washing up ...
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Why does plastic never dry properly in a dishwasher?

Causes According to this article the problem seems mainly two fold, conductivity and thermal inertia (among other factors). During washing temperatures get relatively hot (depending on the particular ...
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What is the point of washing produce in cold water?

For the most part, rinsing produce in cold water is for the purpose of removing pesticides and soil that may contain bacteria. You're not washing off bacterial colonies - whole peel-on vegetables and ...
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Is there any cleaning utensil that is comparable to fingernails?

Try searching for "pan scrapers." I have a pair from Lodge that has served me well, though you can find almost identical scrapers without the branding. These are essentially equivalent to ...
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What exactly is this residue and how do I clean it off?

This is polymerized oil - the same stuff that people build up on iron pans as seasoning. There is no good way to remove it from a coated surface. It is quite resistant to both chemical and physical ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of washing dishes in hot water?

Before we proceed, we should note that not all dirty dishes are created equal. There are a few "groups" with different chemical and physical properties. Sugar Probably the easiest of all as it will ...
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How do I wash the "pokey" side of a box grater?

Save your old toothbrush, as this guy shows. Or as this post describes:
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I get black flecks on my butter when I grease my pan

Never use steel wool on teflon-coated pans!!! You surely have scratched and damaged the teflon and some of it came off the pan. I'd throw it away.
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Best way to remove fruit flies from your kitchen

As I’ve recently tried to much success, sucking the bastards with a vacuum cleaner is easy, fast, ruthlessly efficient, and unlike sticky liquid contraptions, it doesn’t carry the risk of accidentally ...
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Is heated up bleach dangerous?

Probably generated some chloramines by reaction between the hot bleach and proteins on the stove surfaces. There's no telling exactly which chloramines you created, as we have no idea what amines were ...
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Cooking with sugar makes pan very difficult to clean

Melted and re-hardened sugar (including caramel) is very difficult to remove through mechanical action, but trivial to remove by soaking. Just pour in enough hot water to cover the sugar and wait an ...
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How can I separate the lid from a can that has a pull-tab/ring without flinging food everywhere?

For most of the removal, leverage rather than brute force will give more control, so you don't accidentally pull the last bit off. At the end while pulling gently on the ring, rock the lid from side ...
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Does the inside of a lid used to cook rice or steam vegetables have anything besides water on it?

Most likely yes, it has stuff besides water. Although I wouldn't lay my hand in the fire that it has it every single time. The first scenario is the bubbling from starchy water, as Chris H already ...
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Cleaning out coffee pots and thermoses

We brew beer at home, so we have a product that does a really good job of this, called PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash). Our stainless steel coffee thermoses come out like new. The product description from ...
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Can a pizza stone be fixed after soap has been used to clean it?

By rinsing, you can only remove stuff from the surface and slightly below. You need to remove molecules which sit in the pores of the stone. Chemically, you are working against diffusion and adhesion....
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Pots and Pans in the dishwasher

There is no problem with putting either stainless steel or non-stick pans in the dishwasher in terms of their materials. However: Non-stick pans are often better washed gently by hand without too ...
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How do I fix improperly seasoned cast iron pans?

Cast iron care need not seem so intimidating or mystical. There are lots of ways to take care of it, and though many will profess their own gospel and taboos associated with cast iron cookware, many ...
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Does the inside of a lid used to cook rice or steam vegetables have anything besides water on it?

Starchy foods, like rice, tend to bubble and splash. They will get starch on the inside of the lid. If you don't let it dry out, you might decide a quick rinse is sufficient, but if it dries it will ...
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Is it okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink washwater (with the dishes)?

No! This risks fecal contamination of the dishes. One of the most common methods for disease to spread is the fecal-oral route. By washing your hands after going to the toilet in the same water as the ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

I've accidentally run my scoop, a Zeroll with conductive fluid inside the handle, through the dishwasher. I don't know this for a fact because I didn't cut mine open to check, but I believe what ...
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How to clean up after kneading dough?

Kneading in a bowl is time-consuming and doesn't give as good a result as kneading on a flat surface, however I'll concentrate on cleaning. First, don't let things dry out, it's much easier to clean ...
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How to clean up after kneading dough?

Alternatively (with respect to @GdD's answer), let it dry out completely. Totally dry dough doesn't stick all that well to many surfaces (glass, plastic, non-stick). It then chips/scrapes off quite ...
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Is it safe to only rinse visible residue from container if I then refrigerate the container?

I see you're familiar with the "danger zone" concept. I think the only on-topic way to answer this is to help you add up the "danger zone" time, (and raise the concern of cross ...
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(How) Have I ruined my titanium pan?

I'm no chemist, but a quick googling shows hydrogen peroxide [sodium percarbonate in water] to be quite aggressive on aluminium. I'd guess that some light surface scratching, which would otherwise ...
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Should I wash newly bought plastic tumblers?

Generally, yes, to wash off any chemicals that might have been used to finish the plastics or rinse any sprue away. If you're going to be putting the dishwasher on anyway, you might as well throw them ...
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What are some recommended methods of cleaning wooden cutting boards?

Mineral oil is your friend As you said, Ana, the biggest enemy of a clean — and warp-free — wood cutting board is moisture penetration. The first trick to fight this is to wipe down your cutting ...
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