Sparkly Clean: A Kintsugi 'How Do I Clean This' Thread

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by TheMockingCrows, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. sirsparklepants

    sirsparklepants feral mom energies

    I keep a box on top of my dresser and just throw random junk that would cost way too many spoons to properly organize in it. I call it the shit catcher, because it holds all the shit that's otherwise scattered all over my tabletops and furniture. At least in the shit catcher it's contained.
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  2. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    My flat is really damp, is it a good idea to leave the coat-closet and broom-cupboard doors open for a while each day/week/whatever to let air circulate? I'm pretty annoyed right now because I may have lost my favourite winter coat to mould because of the damp >:( (The lining's shredded and the woolly outside is spotted; might be repairable though.) How long should I do this for? If it wouldn't work, what's a good option?
  3. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    My sibling burned something pretty bad in our cast iron pan and now it’s got char on the bottom. Does anyone know how to clean that stuff off without damaging the pan?
  4. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    I think the usual recommendation is to use salt to scrub it. You can also loosen some stuff off the bottom by boiling water in the pan.
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  5. ZeroEsper

    ZeroEsper Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry if this seems stupidly obvious, but has it been soaking in hot water? Also do you have steel wool?
  6. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    It has been soaking in hot water. I usually use steel wool for this, but I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to keep that stuff far away from cast iron. I will try the salt and the boiling!
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  7. Verily

    Verily surprised Xue Yang peddler

    I had a cast iron issue a while back. I did the boiling thing a few times and then the salt scrub. It’s pretty amazing, like sandpaper that dissolves away in water when you’re done with it.
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  8. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I've had stuff stuck to cast iron a few times. Scrubbing with salt and using hot water usually does it, it's just time-consuming and generally means I need to reoil the pan afterwards.
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  9. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    So, I had to clean the fridge today. No big, just remove the shelves and shuffle things around (and remove anything that's expired), right? Right. Except that whoever designed the shelves seems to have never anticipated that they might not stay perfectly spotless, because uh. Some of the parts? Not user-serviceable, but still fully capable of getting liquids inside them and trapping bits of crud.

    So the undersides of the glass shelves have some sort of reddish crud on them around the edges, right where I can't get a sponge in. What do? It looks gross and it's probably not sanitary, but I'm also pretty sure I can't...actually completely disassemble the shelves and get them back together in working order.
  10. TheMockingCrows

    TheMockingCrows Resident Bisexual Lich

    is there a way to get a toothbrush with some baking soda + cleanser to do the job? :V
  11. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    Maybe try to get some vinegar in there by pressing/dabbing at it with a soaked sponge or paper towel? Almost anything will come off of whatever it’s stuck to after being soaked in vinegar for a while.
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  12. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure. It's not even just "this is at the edges and is too deep to be reached by the sponge", it's "this is sandwiched between the glass and the metal portions of the shelf". I can get water in there (and probably vinegar), but getting anything out requires letting it sit and drip dry. I can't get anything in under enough to actually scrub.

    I think this might just not be doable unless I'm willing to actually roll the dice on taking the shelf apart and hoping I can put it back together afterwards. :/
  13. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist Well-Known Member

    Can you take the shelf out?
  14. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

  15. Emma

    Emma Your resident resident

    Have you tried googling your fridge to find the manual to see if there's a section on cleaning? Perhaps there's disassembly instructions in there?
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  16. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    I did, yeah. This is how I discovered that the problem area will let water in just fine, and will slowly drain, but cannot be accessed without completely disassembling the shelf.

    Probably not? I'll see if I can get a good photo of it, but basically the problem area is a section where the glass is covered by the metal frame and can't be accessed. Imagine, like, a window - you can see the part of the window that's held by the frame, if you're looking through the glass at the opposite side of the frame. But you still can't reach that part, even if you can see it.

    Trying this now. There is a trouble-shooting section for disassembling the glass shelf that's above the CoolSelect Pantry (which is basically a drawer under the vegetable bins, which can be set to three modes of varying coldness), which I didn't know could actually be removed. But all I'm finding for the actual tempered glass shelves (which is what I'm having trouble with) is "be careful when removing them, they're heavy" and "you can remove the drawers and shelves for a more thorough cleaning. Just make sure to dry them before putting them back in place". Which is...not especially helpful, and suggests that the tempered glass shelves aren't intended to be disassembled. (Which is really annoying, since the problem would be really easy to fix if I could just remove the metal hangers and frame and then put it back together.)
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  17. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Can you flush out the cracks with hot water?
  18. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist Well-Known Member

    soaking it might help?
  19. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    I tried that, and it helped a bit, I think? But mostly I just ended up with needing to let the shelves drip dry so they wouldn't get rusty-looking water on anything under them.

    I'm not sure there's anywhere in the house that's actually big enough to soak them in. They're full-sized fridge shelves. I'm not sure they can lay flat even in the bathtub. They definitely can't lay flat in the sink - I can't even get them angled so that the problem sections would be lowest if they're in the sink.
  20. Vierran

    Vierran small and sharp

    Boyfriend's suggestion for the Infamous Fridge Shelf: 1. soak in rubbing alcohol or vinegar. 2. use a bit of card/thin stiff cardboard as scrubbing tool
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