Cleaning Your Tips

Decorating By doreenre Updated 19 May 2007 , 3:00pm by CarolAnn

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doreenre Posted 18 May 2007 , 1:52pm
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What do you use? It's tricky getting in there to clean out all the icing.

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mmgiles Posted 18 May 2007 , 1:57pm
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i try to force the icing out of the tip first with water in the bag. if i cant do that i usually use a toothpick or blow in the end of the tip. Then I wash with dawn and hot water. To get any greasy residue off I rinse then in 50/50 vinegar water.

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peg818 Posted 18 May 2007 , 2:01pm
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I place them in the dishwasher in the basket for the sliverware. They come out nice and clean every time.

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chocolateandpeanutbutter Posted 18 May 2007 , 2:02pm
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I use a little spiral brush for stubborn tips. It's about the same size as one used to clean jewellery. Toothpicks are great for tiny holes, too!

Mostly I rinse them and put them in the silverware caddy in my dishwasher.

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Florimbio Posted 18 May 2007 , 2:16pm
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I soak them in a cup with dish soap, then put them in the dishwasher...turn out great

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2yummy Posted 18 May 2007 , 3:23pm
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One thing I know NOT to do is put them in vinegar! Learned that the hard way, it tarnishes the finish. icon_sad.gif

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chelleb1974 Posted 18 May 2007 , 5:34pm
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Another way to clean them (I read about it here on CC!) is to put them in a container with a little dish soap and COVER THE TIPS COMPLETELY WITH WATER, then microwave them for a few minutes. Let them cool and rinse them and they will be clean!

YES, you can microwave them as long as ALL of the metal is covered with water!

~Chelle

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Daisy1 Posted 18 May 2007 , 7:32pm
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I put mine in a sauce pan with dish soap and water and boil for a few mintues.

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BlairsMom Posted 18 May 2007 , 7:36pm
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I use my sprayer with hot water and then toss them in the basket in my dishwasher. Quick and simple!

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aurasmom Posted 18 May 2007 , 11:16pm
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I have found using a Q-tip to scrub the inside of the tubes. When I am finished I just toss the Q-tip.

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msthang1224 Posted 19 May 2007 , 6:53am
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I was having a hard time cleaning them too. I got fed up and invested in a tip brush cleaner , got it from michaels and it's the perfect size for the tips. My frustration has ended icon_smile.gif

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alibugs Posted 19 May 2007 , 7:06am
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chelleb1974 knows best. Thats what I do. Learned it on here. I don't even get all the icing out. I just do this once, drain, and do it again. They are clean and oil free.

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clsilvus Posted 19 May 2007 , 7:12am
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Originally Posted by chelleb1974

Another way to clean them (I read about it here on CC!) is to put them in a container with a little dish soap and COVER THE TIPS COMPLETELY WITH WATER, then microwave them for a few minutes. Let them cool and rinse them and they will be clean!

YES, you can microwave them as long as ALL of the metal is covered with water!

~Chelle




DO THIS!!!! I learnt it here. It's the ONLY way I clean my tips!!!

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motherof2princesses Posted 19 May 2007 , 2:14pm
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I bought a tip brush at walmart. And I wash them in regular palmolive.

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Angellcakes Posted 19 May 2007 , 2:17pm
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Silly question... When you refer to "tip brush cleaner" are you talking about the little brush from Wilton? Can it be put into the dishwasher?

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camcat Posted 19 May 2007 , 2:19pm
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Originally Posted by chelleb1974

Another way to clean them (I read about it here on CC!) is to put them in a container with a little dish soap and COVER THE TIPS COMPLETELY WITH WATER, then microwave them for a few minutes. Let them cool and rinse them and they will be clean!

YES, you can microwave them as long as ALL of the metal is covered with water!

~Chelle




thumbs_up.gif thumbs_up.gif Works like a charm!

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gateaux Posted 19 May 2007 , 2:43pm
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Thanks for posting this, I have had problems cleanning my tips as well. I basically just find it's a chore....

Anyhow,

I use what so many tips that you guys have mentioned:

toothpick to take out icing, I then put them in a little bowl with hot water and dawn. I mix it up a bit and let them soak for about 5 minutes to loosen the grease.

then I use the little wilton brush and clean them out some more and rinse.

Then I put them in a little bowl with a few drops of bleach and hot water for the last rinse.

Then I turn them over on a paper towel and I am good.

I forgot a bunch of them recently in a bowl and found the bowl a day or so later, well I had to buy about 8 new tips, since they rusted. Then I found another while I was decorating - Orange looking icing then I was using White Icing-- took a fee minutes to figure it out!
Anyhow, I have checked all my tips and now replaced all the ones I needed too. I wont do that again.

Also just another tip, for those of you always looking for your tips, I wrote in the bottom of my tip tray the number of the tip stored in that spot. I have them in numerical order and it works great.
When I go to a class and I need a tip, I find it in seconds, everyone else is looking and pulling out their glasses!
For the low #'s like the 1-9 I have several spots that way when I use a lot of colors which I like to do, I dont have to worry. I have 5 of # 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 so I have 2 or 3 spots for those, otherwise the case would not close! I have 2 large trays at this time, I only have about 1/2 of the tips available, in another 10 tips I will need another tray. But it works great!

Oh I also have about 30 couplers and I find I try to keep 8 parchment bags ready at all times, so I can just get going. Once I clean up everything I prep more cones.

I used the sugarcraft list of tips available and printed it. I keep it around and update my inventory that way I know what other tips I want to get.

http://www.sugarcraft.com/

Good Luck.

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CarolAnn Posted 19 May 2007 , 3:00pm
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I don't find washing my tips to be a chore. I push a finger,gloved if it's colored, into the tip to force out the icing then blow in the decorating end of the tip to loosen the remaining icing. Then I put them in a lg custard cup add a couple pumps of dish soap, Polmolive works just as good as Dawn, fill with hot water and let it sit overnight. Next day I use a baby nipple brush, soap and hot water to clean to the tip. Works easy as pie (oops I said the P word) for me.

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