3 Ways to Clean Silicone Kitchen Utensils

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3 Ways to Clean Silicone Kitchen Utensils
3 Ways to Clean Silicone Kitchen Utensils

Silicone cookware is great for increasing storage space in the pantry, but it's often quite difficult to clean. Fat and food residues seem to stick to the material continuously. However, with a little effort, baking soda, and degreasing detergent, you can make your utensils shine like new.


Method 1 of 3: Using degreasing detergent

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Step 1. Fill the sink with detergent and water

Clog the kitchen sink and fill it with very hot water - as hot as you can tolerate. Add a few drops of degreasing detergent and mix to form a foam. This product is made to fight stubborn stains, such as those found on silicone utensils.

Use very hot water as only warm or cold water will not be as effective in cleaning the material

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Step 2. Soak in detergent

Place utensils in hot water and soak for at least 30 minutes. It may be necessary to leave it for longer (an hour) to remove stubborn stains.

If you prefer to use a more natural detergent, be aware that the ingredients will not be as effective on the stubborn stains you find on silicone

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Step 3. Scrub with a non-abrasive sponge

Apply a little more detergent and scrub the utensils with the sponge. Try hard and rub hard to remove stains.

It may take a lot of time and energy to get rid of these spots

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Step 4. Repeat the process

You will need to repeat it several times to effectively remove stains. You will need to work hard to remove some. Try using more detergent and scrubbing again.

Try using even hotter water the second time. Wear latex gloves to make the water hotter in the cleaning process

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Step 5. Rinse and dry utensils

When finished removing stains, rinse off any detergent residue in the sink. Place utensils upside down or on a rack to let the water run off.

Allow the silicone to dry completely before using again, which should take an hour or two

Method 2 of 3: Removing Stubborn Stains

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Step 1. Warm silicone utensils before cleaning

This process is beneficial for removing even tougher stains. Preheat oven to 180 °C. When it has preheated, place the material in the oven and leave it for ten minutes to heat up any stuck stains and make cleaning easier.

  • After heating the silicone, try washing it with degreasing detergent and baking soda.
  • Be careful not to burn yourself when handling utensils when removing them from the oven.
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Step 2. Apply baking soda

Wet material in sink and shake to remove excess water. The item should be damp but not soggy. Identify the spots that are still greasy and sprinkle baking soda on the spot.

Sprinkle a generous amount of product, not just some crumbs

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Step 3. Make a baking soda paste

Gently massage the product with a damp cloth so that the water helps to form a thick paste. Apply a good amount of the paste to each stain on the utensils.

Allow the baking soda to dry completely, which can take several hours

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Step 4. Wash and repeat

When the paste has dried, rinse it in the sink with hot water. If the stain has not disappeared, try washing it with degreasing detergent or reapply the paste.

It may be necessary to repeat this process a few times for the silicone to be perfectly clean

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Step 5. Rinse and dry the material

After removing the paste, use a little detergent to wash the silicone. Then rinse in the kitchen sink. Place the utensil on a towel or rack to dry completely before using.

Do not store silicone utensils in the cabinet while they are still wet, as this may cause mold to form or bacteria to grow

Method 3 of 3: Taking Preventive Measures

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Step 1. Wash immediately after use

One of the worst things you can do with silicone utensils is to leave the residue on the material for a long time before washing. Once you've finished using it, wash the material with degreasing detergent to maintain the integrity of the silicone and make it easier to clean it in the future.

At a minimum, fill the item with water and detergent immediately after use so you can clean it later

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Step 2. Avoid abrasive sponges

Scrubbing with this type of material will not work any more efficiently than a regular sponge or cloth, and it will also damage the product in the process.

Using an abrasive sponge can also peel off the silicone and, over time, minimize the non-stick elements

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Step 3. Forget about cooking sprays

Silicone utensils are already non-stick, so you don't need to use a non-stick spray on this type of material. The product will not help remove dirt any faster.

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