Every now and then there is a little mishap in the kitchen when toasting bread. Someone inevitably gets the plastic bread bag too close to the heated toaster and the plastic sticks. It is similar to shrink wrap when the edge of the bag hits the heat of the metal sides. Now you are left with a colorful reminder of this slip up that usually isn’t easy to remove.
What is needed to be done is to first allow the toaster to completely cool down. Then unplug the appliance for safety’s sake.
Some household items can be used to clean the melted plastic off the side of the toaster without a lot of work.
Try dabbing on some WD-40, nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth and rub the area. Be sure to only try one at a time and never mix these solutions together.
The easiest way to rid the toaster of that clinging, melted plastic is to rub the area with some petroleum jelly. Then place a slice of bread in the toaster and let the bread toast. By the time the bread is toasted the side where the petroleum jelly is will be warm and have loosened the melted plastic on the side of the toaster. Rub with a paper towel or dry terrycloth to remove the remnants of the melted plastic to reveal the unmarred side of the toaster that was there before the bread bag hit the heated toaster.
If a small amount of residue is left on the appliance wipe with a slightly damp cloth and dust with some baking soda and gently rub the area to eliminate the remaining plastic.
Always be careful when handling a hot toaster, unplug before wiping it down and wash the area with soap and water and drying the side before plugging it back in to use the next time.
Remember when using solutions such as WD-40, rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to apply it to a small area first before treating the spot. Not all appliances are made the same or from the same materials. These items can harm the finish of some appliances so it is best to test an area under the toaster to be sure before you head straight for the melted plastic on the side.
© 2013 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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