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How do I clean melted shrinky dinks off my toaster oven?

Shrinky Dinks were placed in our toaster oven without being on a tray, and the plastic melted onto the oven's heating element. How do I get the toaster oven clean? [more inside]
posted by werty on Dec 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Bathrooms are gross. Cleaning shouldn't be worse.

How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 21, 2014 - 30 answers

How often do you replace kitchen sponges?

How often do you replace kitchen sponges? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Jul 6, 2014 - 43 answers

How to clean house like the professionals.

Between bad timing and desperation I hired a professional housekeeper to clean before family arrived for the holidays last year. She left the place looking better than when I first moved in. How can I do this on my own? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 answers

How to clean Geneva metal kitchen cabinets

My new place has original 1960's Geneva metal kitchen cabinets (and cook top and wall oven!) in mustard. I have found a lot of information on how to sell or repaint metal cabinets but nothing helpful on maintaining them. There are some scans of original instructions, which say to NOT use detergent and to use a special metal cabinet cleanser but do not say exactly what that cleanser is. Does anyone have any tips?
posted by earlygrrl on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Left dirty dishes in dishwasher before month long trip, covered in mold

Ugh, I left a load of dirty dishes in my dishwasher but forgot to run the cycle before a monthlong trip. Now it's full of mold and I'm not exactly sure if it's dangerous and how to clean it up (assuming I can still use the plates). [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Oct 4, 2013 - 21 answers

So how do I clean my egg beater?

I just want to know if anybody has a tip about keeping my hand-cranked rotary egg beater clean. [more inside]
posted by cellura p on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

I always know where my towel is: it's on the roll or in the trash

Help me reduce my dependence on foreign oil domestic paper towels. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

How do I rid myself of the mite infestation in my cupboard?

How do I rid myself of the white mite infestation in my cupboard? I have cleaned everything multiple times and in multiple ways! [more inside]
posted by ElliotH on Sep 2, 2012 - 5 answers

How long can you leave bleach on a counter?

How long can I leave bleach on a countertop? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

my schnoz can't take it anymore.

How do I cancel out really pungent odors left behind by someone's cooking? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Feb 18, 2012 - 13 answers

the lord is testing me.

My new roommate assured me during our initial interview of each other that she was very clean and that, in particular, she was committed to keeping communal spaces very neat and tidy. Fast forward a few months, and somehow I think I missed something. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Aug 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Washing dishes in the developing world

I'm interested in dishwashing practices in the developing world. If you were one of roughly the half of the people in the world without running water in your home, how might you wash your dishes? What kind of set up would you have? Are sinks common even if you collect water from a public well or water truck? Or would you have a washbasin/plastic tub? On a countertop, table, or floor? Cloth or tarp outside? Would you use non-potable water to do the washing up? Save the graywater for next time or for other cleaning tasks? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Dec 8, 2010 - 31 answers

Many hands make light work, hurt feelings.

Sort out a disagreement between roommates! [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 21, 2010 - 44 answers

Single grub/larva on kitchen table

Found this grub/maggot/larva on kitchen table. (Apartment's kitchen, "dining area," living area are all connected.) Just a single bug, not a whole clutch of them. Should I be concerned? I kind of expected there would be more of them. Did it come out of the nearby fruit dish with apples and bananas? Do I have to do any radical cleaning? Is my kitchen that dirty?
posted by Busoni on Aug 10, 2010 - 9 answers

When bad smells happen to good kitchens

How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Mar 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Getting seriously carbonized milk out off of a pan?

My wife burned -- and I do mean burned -- some breastmilk she was scalding in a saucepan for long-term storage. What's the easiest way to the science experiment out of the bottom of the pan? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Feb 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Housemate doesn't clean up after himself. Help.

My housemate doesn't clean up, like ever. How can I do to make things work, or at least more bearable? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Nov 16, 2009 - 41 answers

How to clean an oven

Corningware broke inside hot oven. Oil/grease caked on everywhere. No self-cleaning mechanism. No oven hood. No idea what to do. Help! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 27, 2009 - 10 answers

How to safely clean this stinky food container?

How do I safely clean a very stinky glass dish with plastic Tupperware-style lid that sat out on the counter for days after holding smoked mackerel? [more inside]
posted by cadge on May 26, 2009 - 11 answers

I'm a little (sticky) teapot.

What is this sticky residue on my tea kettle? [more inside]
posted by emd3737 on May 9, 2009 - 13 answers

why do i suck at doing dishes?

how can i get better at washing dishes by hand? i am inefficient (it takes me lots of time, energy and water). my results are not always sparkling (some of the stuff i wash ends up kinda greasy). i am clumsy too (i feel like i break a wine glass every few sessions). also, i am rarely motivated to wash (in part because i'm objectively bad), so i also need some kind of kick in the pants in that regard too. [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Feb 25, 2009 - 27 answers

Suggest kitchen cleaning products

Please suggest products that I should and should not use to clean different parts of the kitchen, such as a laminate counter top, stainless steel sink, or metal stove top. I am particularly interested in products that won't generate fumes that will send me out of the kitchen. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 25, 2008 - 21 answers

Death Defying Oven Cleaning

Am I going to kill myself why attempting to clean my oven? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Jul 16, 2008 - 8 answers

CoffeeFilter: How to clean water chamber of Krups Dual Drip Machine?

Folger loving Father spilled coffee grounds into main water chamber of Krups Dual Drip Machine (867), then proceeded to brew coffee anyway. The result was to bake all those coffee grounds onto the sides of the water chamber. How can I safely clean the water chamber? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Jan 16, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I clean melted plastic off of a Ceran cooktop?

Is there any way to clean a melted plastic spatula off of a Ceran cooktop? [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great on Oct 20, 2006 - 9 answers

can't sweep correctly

I can't sweep the floor! This is something I thought I knew how to do-I mean, I do it at home sporadically and I used to sweep the porch and the kitchen for my clean-freak mom and she never complained. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Jul 20, 2006 - 20 answers

How do i get my All Clad shiny again?

I damaged my All-Clad MC2 cookware by using Cascade powder in the dishwasher. Now the exterior surface is all dull and rough-feeling. Any idea how I can repair the damage?
posted by frenchbenj on May 30, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I remove scratches from stainless steel?

Is there any way of getting scratches out of a brushed stainless steel appliance? [more inside]
posted by janecr on Mar 2, 2006 - 10 answers

How to Clean a Cloudy Sink?

I have one of these sinks and can't get it clean! [more inside]
posted by loosemouth on Dec 11, 2005 - 9 answers

Stain Removal

In the small kitchen, the gas range is butted up against the refrigerator. After a few years of cooking, a brown stain mars the otherwise-white vinyl side of the refrigerator. How do I remove the brown stain?
posted by tomharpel on Dec 13, 2004 - 8 answers

Drain Flies, ew!

OK, I have Drain Flies. Dirty, disgusting, ewww, gross!!!! How can I get rid of them quickly without poisoning myself in the process? I hate flies more than spiders, snakes, mice, more than anything; so THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!
posted by lilboo on Oct 13, 2004 - 9 answers

Wooden Cutting Board Maintenance

I have a hardwood cutting board which has a bit of mildew growing into the wood on the bottom. The board has also slightly warped. Is there anything I can do to get rid of these two problems? And for the future, what are some good preventative maintenance tips (asides from keeping it dry) to keep things like this from happening again?
posted by skwm on Feb 18, 2004 - 17 answers

Water bottle cleaning filter (heh)

I'd like to clean my Sigg water bottle, but don't feel like paying 10 bucks for "cleaning tablets." Any tried and true alternatives?
posted by DenOfSizer on Feb 2, 2004 - 9 answers

Cleaning stainless steel cookware

I just got some new stainless steel cookware, and now I have some (grease?) gunk stuck on the bottom of my frying pan, along with a yellowish hue, likely from mildly overheating the bare pan while cooking. I tried soaking it for a few hours in water and soap, and scrubbing really hard with a plastic scouring pad, all to no avail. How do I get it clean? Steel-wool? Different soaking? Special cleanser? Other?
posted by The Michael The on Jan 16, 2004 - 13 answers

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