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post #16 of 47
I know this will sound strange, but place tips in microwave proof container. Add a few drops of Dawn. Add water until the tips are covered making sure you have several inches of room at the top of the container for suds. Set the oven on high for 2 minutes.

The metal in the oven is insulated by the water so no arching occurs. The tips may need a second round if they were full of icing, otherwise rinse and you are done.

P.S. as an added bonus, the steam cleans the gook the kids left on the walls and doors. Clean tips and oven--what a deal!
post #17 of 47
I give them the old 1-2-3!

1. Pinky finger
2. Baby bottle nipple brush
3. Wilton tip brush

Dunk in soapy water in between!
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post #18 of 47
i put mine in the closed utensil part of my dishwasher also. i don't wash anything by hand icon_smile.gif
and i use the disposable bags.
post #19 of 47
i clean my wifes bags,tips and what not. i just use the little brush you can buy. it works pretty well and dawn soap. we dont have a dishwashers so its all by hand.
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post #20 of 47
I am with JuneBuggy on this one. I swear by it. I belong to another site and when I told them of the microwave method - everybody freaked out - saying I was crazy - until they tried it and they all swear by it now!!!

It's funny because this is the only method I use since it is what our Wilton Instructor says she's been cleaning her tips like this for 20 years.

The key is making sure you have enough water to cover the tips completely - throw in some Dawn and pop em in the microwave for a few minutes and VOILA! Clean tips! I've been doing it this way for almost a year and if it's good enough for my instructor for 20 years - its good enough for me - sometimes I don't even get all the BC out of the tip - I just throw them in there and if they need a few extra minutes then I give it to them. I swear!! You need to try this! You won't go back! If you do it right they come out clean as a whistle - I converted others on another site now lets see if some of you are willing to try this and post your thoughts afterwards!
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post #21 of 47
Although the thought of that scares the living daylights out of me, I'm going to try it because it sounds like a great time saver! I'll let you know how I make out!!
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post #22 of 47
Ok...if the tips are metal and you aren't supposed to put metal in the microwave....isn't that a bit unsafe?
post #23 of 47
I have never thought about using the microwave either, but the thought of making cleaning the microwave easier from leftovers the teenagers have failed to clean up makes it seem like a 2 for 1 deal.....next time, I'm going to try it!
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post #24 of 47
That is an interesting idea. I have put metal in the microwave (not on purpose) and all that happened was that it light up real pretty icon_lol.gif

I have a $35.00 microwave, so I may just give this a try!

Thanks
post #25 of 47
I put a bowl with aluminum foil on it (without even thinking) in the microwave one time for about a minute and my microwave caught on fire! The thought of putting my metal tips in the microwave makes me uneasy....
post #26 of 47
I'm with MrsMissey on this one, it scares me. But, I am going to try it. I am so tired by the time clean-up time rolls around that I am willing to try anything. I have been know to leave the tips on the counter WITH frosting in them until .... well, you get the idea.
post #27 of 47
As I stated in the original post, the water acts as the insulation for the tips. Microwaves accelerate the movement of the water molecules and that is how the heat is generated. The water protects the metal from the waves and no sparking will occur. I am a science teacher, or so my certificates and degree say.

I know the idea flies smack in the face of all we were ever taught about using a microwave, but I wouldn't risk my new microwave if I wasn't certain this worked. The key is having enough water to cover the tips completely. I often use the wilton tip bag to dunk and quickly retreive the tips. This method takes the pain out of the most dreaded part of the art --- clean-up.

I tell my decortating students - Once you zap you won't go back.

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post #28 of 47
I'm leary about it too,and I know my husband might freak out if he finds out I tried it, but if I can cut my cleaning time down, so be it! It would be a whole lot nicer than doing each tip one at a time by hand.
post #29 of 47
I put my tips and couplers in the utensil holder in my dishwasher (one compartment has a lid), but I always soak them first in water and dishwashing liquid too - probably redundant, but that's what I've always done. I, too, am a little scared about the microwave thing, but hey, I'll try it - I'll just be sure to stand there in case I need to turn it off real quick - but sounds like a good idea to me!
post #30 of 47
JuneBuggey, You are a time saving GODDESS!!!, and my new best friend!!!

I must say I was very leary of metal in the microwave but it just so happened that I had several tips and couplers in the kitchen that I had been avoiding all morning and I thought "What the heck, I haven't gotten bad advice from here yet ", so I did it.

OMG how great this is. No arching, no fire, no exploding kitchen (I was prepared for all the above) I placed couplers, tips, and even a nail in a old sippy cup, covered with water and dish soap, left enough room for bubbles, set microwave for 2 min and stood by waiting to make up an excuse to my husband as to why I did something so stupid.

The only thing that happened is I have a new cleaning proceedure and will think fondly of you with every cake I make.
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