September 16, 2008,
S.S. asks from Minneapolis, MN on September 13, 2008
How to Get Cigarette Smoke Out of Silicone Bakeware?
My mother kindly gave me a bunch of silicone bakeware that she bought but never used. However, she and my dad are both heavy smokers, and the smell has completely seeped into the forms. I know this question has been asked before with regard to mildew/mold and Tupperware, in which case most people said to throw it out because the germs have seeped into the plastic. But I don't know if that's the way it works with silicone, and the smell is clearly smoke and not anything like mold. I have tried baking soda (both as a paste and sealing it in a bag with the forms) and neither has worked. Can anyone recommend a way to get these clean? Will the smell seep into anything I bake? (I haven't used them yet...) They are expensive to purchase and I'd hate to see them go to waste. Thanks!
C.S. answers from Minneapolis on September 15, 2008
I just bought a product that was on the Today show. They sell it at Ace. I think it is called Fresh Wave. They have a whole line of products. I bought one to add to the laundry or dilute in a spray bottle. I believe it is all natural, nontoxic and biodegradeable. The man who sold it to me said that his mother used one of the products to clean out a tupperware container that help cat food and now the smell is gone. It is not a cleaner, but says that it is an odor neutralizer.
E.F. answers from Des Moines on September 15, 2008
I don't know how you can get it out but if you still smell it you can taste it. My parents are also heavy smokers and when my mom bakes a cake there is always a hint of smoke taste! Yuck! Good Luck!
G.B. answers from Milwaukee on September 15, 2008
Try stuffing the openings with newspaper, then wrapping the whole thing in newspaper. Put everything in a garbage bag and tie shut...leave it be for a few days. If the smell is starting to go away, replace the newspaper with new and repeat the process.
C.K. answers from Des Moines on September 15, 2008
Several years ago, we had a small frig we took in our fold-down, somehow we left some meat in the freezer compartment of it. It was a couple of weeks later when we opened it up, and was it awful! I tried everything...but the one thing that seemed to work was toothpaste. I spread it all over the inside of the refrigerator (I may have done it a couple of times...been too long to remember), and it worked. People couldn't believe I ever got that smell out, but I did. You might try this on a piece of the bakeware and see if it helps before doing it to all the pieces.
E.B. answers from Minneapolis on September 14, 2008
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on September 16, 2008
I can't think of the product name off hand but you can get it at any sporting goods store. It is an oder elimanator for hunting. ( I belive its called sent elimantor)
S.W. answers from Lincoln on September 15, 2008
I've never had to get smoke smell out, but I have notice soaking anything in a soution of white vinegar and water (mostly vinegar)will clean nearly anything, perhaps it will take the smell out too?
The other one is tomato juice, it also cleans almost anything. If you ever have a "stained" pan, make marinera and it will clean the pan.
J.T. answers from St. Louis on September 15, 2008
I'm not sure about the smoke smell but in the future with your plastic or tupperware with mold, rinse it with vinegar, it kills the mold and is totally safe. There is no need to throw out tupperware!! Good luck, have a super day.