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I used my favorite silicone spatula to stir a batch of green tomato relish. Now I can't get the smell/flavor of relish out of it. Relish flavor was getting into cookie dough yesterday (yuck) and it took a while for me to figure out what the problem was. The silicone is supposed to be non-porous. Any ideas how I can get the relish smell out of the spatula? Dishwaher didn't do it.

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Last updated: Oct. 3, 2012 11:21 am
Posted: Oct. 3, 2012 5:35 am
Commented by: Baking Nana
Oct. 3, 2012 5:39 am
I just went to look at it thinking that it probably wasn't a one piece spatula but it is. Bleachy soapy water would be my suggestion. It works to get the pickle smell out of the lids of pickle jars.
Baking Nana
Oct. 3, 2012 5:40 am
BTW - let it soak for quite a while in that bleachy water.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:48 am
Hi, as above re bleach or kitchen alcohol Also, I reckon if you rub with lemon juice it will help. I've found lemon seems to work well to remove smells. Hope helps. cheers
Oct. 3, 2012 5:49 am
Thanks Baking Nana :) I always keep a bowl of bleachy soapy water in my sink for soaking sponges so I'll pop it in there.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:50 am
I love the one-piece spatulas. Don't trust those 2-piece ones anymore because I've had them bread into bowls of food.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:44 am
If the relish seeped into the silicone, won't the bleachy water do the same thing? You'd hate to add bleach water to cookie dough...yuk!
Oct. 3, 2012 7:28 am
My thought as well; make a baking soda paste and let it set.
Oct. 3, 2012 7:29 am
I should have read Seekery's comment first. ;-)
Oct. 3, 2012 10:31 am
Hi, what you think of the lemon idea then alli. ??? cheers.
Oct. 3, 2012 11:21 am
Love the lemon idea Don! Thank you! :)
Commented by: Seeker
Oct. 3, 2012 5:50 am
After you do the bleach, if odor still persists try covering in a heavy paste of baking soda for hours. Hopefully one of those will help.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:52 am
Oct. 3, 2012 5:52 am
okay, thanks :) All I could think of was soak In vinegar but I knew that wasn't going to help! :-o)
Oct. 3, 2012 5:55 am
Thanks ConkyJoe, I appreciate your finding the link.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:56 am
I was going to suggest baking soda paste and let sit overnight. I read somewhere that was good for food smells in plastic or silicone.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:39 am
I personally like to use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar that way I can avoid bleach. Soaking overnight works really well to remove offensive odors.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:52 am
I will try baking soda first. Thanks everyone!
Oct. 3, 2012 7:07 am
Hi, Allie! All this advice s good to know. My slow cooker lid had a funny smell after cooking pinto beans. The gasket seems to absorb odor. Thanks for asking this question.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:12 am
I keep separate spatulas for baking and savory because of that problem. Red for baking (because I bought one and love it so when I decided I needed a second one for baking I found a red one.) and non-red for "other".
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