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What are some tips for cleaning silicone?

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Clean the majority of silicone items by hand with warm or hot water and a mild soap. Most items are dishwasher-safe, although it's recommended to avoid immersing silicone items with internal electrical or mechanical components.

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In general, avoid cleaning silicone items with harsh soaps or scouring pads. This tends to degrade the material, causing damage.

One common problem with silicone bakeware is a persistent oily residue left behind that is difficult to remove. Over time, the residue can build up and inhibit the non-stick properties of the material. Clean such a residue by first washing the item in hot water with a grease-cutting soap. Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the still-wet sticky area and gently scrub with a cloth. Leave the paste to dry, then wash the item again in a mild detergent to remove all baking soda.

Silicone rubber is an elastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications due to easy forming and manufacturing. The material, consisting of the elements silicon, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, withstands a wide range of temperatures. It is strong, inert to a wide range of chemicals, and relatively lightweight. Silicone is commonly found in houseware items, clothing, medical devices and home repair materials.

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