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Cleanning your decorator tips

post #1 of 28
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As a Wilton Instructor I have had several of my students tell me they heard you can remove Buttercream frosting grease from your tips with vinigar, DON'T DO IT! Using harsh products on your tips will remove the protective coating that seperates the base metal from your food. When this happens you must discard the tips. Also some Dishwasher Liquids that contain vinigar or bleach will ruin your tips. I always tell my students to hand wash their tips in hot water and Dawn dihswashing liquid.

Washing your tips is a pain I know, but better to be safe, so hand wash your tips It's also cost effective.

Wilton will not replace any tips that have been damaged by vinigar or bleach.
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post #2 of 28
Well thank you!
I never planned on using vinager, but I'm sure people have!
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post #3 of 28
That's so interesting to hear because my Wilton instructor told us to use a bleach/water solution to clean ours. I don't, though, I use Dawn, too.
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post #4 of 28
I boil my tips in how soapy water, replacing the water 2 to 3 times. In the last boil I have been adding a little vinagar to the tips and haven't seen a problem. Mine are discolored (mainly because I have a bad habit of leaving them sitting in water) but the discoloration has not affected them in any way.
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post #5 of 28
My Wilton instructor told the class there is no need to take the couplers out of the bags and just wash the bag with the coupler inside. Has anyone heard of this? I use parchment but when I use regular bags, I always take the coupler out before washing.
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post #6 of 28
I put mine in a tall coffee mug totally covered with water and a splash of dawn. Microwave for 1.5 minutes (not 2 because it will boil and bubble over). Then just let it sit until you are ready to rinse. They come out squeaky clean.
post #7 of 28
whew....I already use Dawn and REALLY hot water. Works fine for me.
post #8 of 28
Parable, that sounds so much easier than what I do. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!
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post #9 of 28
I was doing the dawn in the hot water and letting it sit.

Thanks for the 1.5 min in the microwave tip with water....LOVED IT. thumbs_up.gif

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post #10 of 28
This is a great info to have thanks! I have only washed my tips once in the dishwasher but won't anymore! I do usually wash them in hot soapy water! Thanks for the tip on the microwave.
post #11 of 28
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Please Do remove your couplers before washing, It helps to remove any grease left behind but it also will remove any bacteria that ma have found its way between the coupler and the bag.

If you are Decorating your cakes for sale to the public you want to make absolutly sure your equipment is as squeaky clean as you can possibly get it.
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post #12 of 28
I just wanted to add this to this post. In a Newsletter that Wilton sends out to their Instructors they said the following:

A note on washing tips...

Please do not advice your students to clean their tips with vinegar. This causes tarnishing and Wilton has been receiving complaints from students. Instead, use hot, soapy water or put them in the Tip/Coupler Dishwasher and Storage Bag and place on the top rack of the dishwasher. They'll come out sparkling clean!

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A I said above, if you leave your tips sitting in water or even soapy water they will discolor or tarnish as well. It doesn't hurt the tip and they are still very usable. But if you want to keep them the pretty shiney metal, then you want to do as suggested above.
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post #13 of 28
Does anyone have any tips for returning shine to tips that have tarnished? Is this even possible? Thanks!
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post #14 of 28

I also put them in a washed out mayo jar, add a little dawn and a little hot water and shake it until the water is "colored". Replace the water a few times until its basically clear, and then rinse them individually. It takes most of the icing out of the tips, and you avoid the eons of time using the tiny little brush. 

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post #15 of 28

How do you microwave metal tips?  Don't they spark?  I put mine in the dishwasher with the forks/spoons.  I also pre-soak them in boiled water.

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