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Just wondering how you guys clean your tips and couplers? I WAS cleaning as much of the icing out of them as possible (who wants Crisco down the drain?) and then putting them in the mesh bag that Wilton sells and placing them in the dishwasher..... it worked okay. However, my instructor just told me to put everything in a pot of boling water and let the water clean them for me...... So, this is good for the tips and couplers, but what about the bags? Would that work for bags?

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post #2 of 47
I try to get out as much of BC that I can from the bags and tips. After I soak them in hot water with vinager for no more than 15 mins. That usually works if not then I put them in the dishwasher. MC
post #3 of 47
Dawn dish soap and elbow grease, along with a brush.

I don't have a dishwasher, and boiling the tips still doesn't disolve that horrid Crisco.
post #4 of 47
Dawn, hot water from the tap, a tip cleaning brush, and as "sugar" said - elbow grease. Dawn dishwashing soap is really good at cutting grease. If your using your tips for royal icing - do the vinegar and water soak first and then the Dawn wash - that removes all traces of grease from your tips definately. You don't have to boil the tips - that's really a waste of time. A good washing is fine if you use the right products. No - I don't work for Dawn - haha thumbs_up.gif
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Originally Posted by debsuewoo

Just wondering how you guys clean your tips and couplers? I WAS cleaning as much of the icing out of them as possible (who wants Crisco down the drain?) and then putting them in the mesh bag that Wilton sells and placing them in the dishwasher..... it worked okay. However, my instructor just told me to put everything in a pot of boling water and let the water clean them for me...... So, this is good for the tips and couplers, but what about the bags? Would that work for bags?

Debbi



I put them in a big bowl with hot water and soap and leave them there for a while. I replace then water and add some more hot water and soap. AFter a while, it is much easier to clean...
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post #6 of 47
I clean them by hand. I have a disposer, so I don't worry about it going down the drain.
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post #7 of 47
I usually use the sprayer on my sink and hot water to get down in the tip then soap and water. If the icing has dried I soak it a bit in soapy water then spray them out and wash them by hand. The sprayer usually gets it all. I don't use royal icing so I've not had to worry about any left over oil to use the vinager. I have a dishwasher, but I don't like putting them in there. No good reason why other than I'm just weird. That was my 1/2 cent.

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post #8 of 47
I clean by hand too. Or beg my daughter to do it for me, then soak them in vinegar to totally clear the grease (esp if I'm going to be working w/royal icing) and then soak in water again to remove the vinegar. I have put them through the dishwasher, but they really don't get clean enough (IMO) that way. The tips anyway. I will put the plastic couplers in there. The tips always seem to fall inside of each other and the one on the outside won't really get clean.
post #9 of 47
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Thanks for the pointers! I just tried the boiling water and am not impressed with it..... not at all as magical as gthe instructor made it sound.

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post #10 of 47
I just use Dawn when I use royal icing, but I use dawn and vinegar when using buttercreme. I just run HOT water,dawn and vinegar in the sink when I start decorating and as I finish with what I am using I clean out the icing and put bag and all in the sink.
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post #11 of 47
I clean my tips and couplers in the closed utensil compartment of my dishwasher. If I am not in a rush for clean bags, I just hang them inside out and upside down in the dishwasher, with a plastic clothespin and clean them with my regular dishes. If I need them right away, I just wash them by hand.
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post #12 of 47
ooh....good idea about the plastic clothes pin! I'm going to use that. I use the dishwasher too!
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post #13 of 47
..thanks! I'm guessing the wooden ones would work also, but I just happened to have some plastic ones and figured what the heck, I wasn't using them for anything else!
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post #14 of 47
I boil mine in a mixture of water and dishsoap. I've never had a problem. Just rinse them and set them out to dry.
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post #15 of 47
no dishwasher here icon_sad.gif
I toss all of my tips/nails/couplers in a large class jar (a large pickle one to be exact) when I am done. Put in some Dawn and fill it with boiling water just above all my items. I let it sit for quite a while-usually while doing the rest of my dishes or longer. Then I dump that out and put more dawn in there and let running hot water run over them for at least 15-20 minutes. I check what is clean, take out what is clean and rinse and dry. Any thing else that is still dirty I repeat the running hot water with Dawn.

As for bags. I only use one or two at a time-I only use resuable ones for my icer tips. All my other ones I use Disposable bags-much easier for me. I actually let these sit over night if I can. Then when the icing is dry i turn them inside out over the garbage can-this gets most of the icing off. Then I just wash in a sink with hot water and Dawn. Set them up-side down in a cone shape and let air dry over night.

This works easier for me as I am not decorating a cake every night or every other. So I have the time to rinse/repeat, and let my bags dry over night.
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