Cleaning Plunger Cutters

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Minh Cakes Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 6:54pm
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Hi everyone, maybe someone has a creative solution to my problem?

 

I give regular cupcake decorating classes in which my students learn to use plunger cutters for flowers and all kinds of shapes. I'm a big fan of the PME plunger cutters because they're so neat, especially for beginners.

 

Problem is, I have about 30 plunger cutters to clean after class. How to best clean them without having to take every single one apart? If I just soak them in soapy water they get clean enough on the outside. But the part behind the veining pattern (inside the the tube with the spring) stays full of water, and can get pretty disgusting if not dried immediately, what with the occasional sugarpaste residue...

 

Ideas and suggestions are most welcome! Thanks a lot!

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AnnieCahill Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 7:22pm
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Use a soft brush to scrub them.

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Minh Cakes Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 8:09pm
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Hm, would that be hygienic enough with no water? They go through many hands... Maybe if I use sanitizer... worth a try. 

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ReneeFLL Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 12:12am
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AI think she meant to use a soft brush while washing them, but I could be wrong.

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Minh Cakes Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 7:56am
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Thanks! But that still doesn't solve the drying problem.

 

I guess I should have called this thread "Drying plunger cutters" instead ;)

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BrandisBaked Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 3:13pm
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AAsk the students to clean their own. :-)

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AnnieCahill Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 3:34pm
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Yes Renee that's what I meant.  I like Brandi's idea better though, LOL!

 

Paper towels are very portable.

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-K8memphis Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 3:36pm
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i like brandisbaked "clean their own" but i try to not let them get gunked up in the first place--but that would be hard to do with 30 peeps--

 

oh --how about putting them in a salad spinner after wards?

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Norasmom Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 3:47pm
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Ask one person in the class, or two, to help with clean-up afterwards and offer them a discounted price on the class.

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Minh Cakes Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 9:26pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 

oh --how about putting them in a salad spinner after wards?

 

Haha, k8memphis, I'm liking your suggestion!

 

Sometimes it's hard to prevent "gunk" with beginner students.

 

About having the students clean their own: Not a bad idea. (But then I should ask them to clean their piping bags and tips, buttercream bowls, celboards, rolling pins, paint brushes... neverending list!) Additionally, I would have little control about how well (or badly) things would be cleaned. Unfortunately I'm in no position to offer discounts at the moment. I'd hire a cleaner if I had the money, hehehe :grin: 

 

Paper towels sound like an option.

 

Thanks for all your help peeps! ;-D

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Annabakescakes Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 5:12am
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AWhy not up the price to include the cutters and just let them take the gunky things home? It can be their problem.

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morganchampagne Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 5:43am
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes 

Why not up the price to include the cutters and just let them take the gunky things home? It can be their problem.

Yes…..do this. 

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Minh Cakes Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 12:29pm
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes 

Why not up the price to include the cutters and just let them take the gunky things home? It can be their problem.

I might! Thanks for all your suggestions.

 

Here's what I finally did: I spread them on a baking sheet and stuck them for two hours in the oven with the fan at 30 C... it worked!

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