While our items are dishwasher safe, we do recommend hand washing with a mild detergent and warm water and rinse immediately afterwards.
We have recently researched and found that some dishwasher detergent manufacturers have removed phosphates from their formulas to help protect rivers and streams in the environment. Websites* we reviewed stated that with some of these formula changes, consumers noticed it can leave a soapy smell or taste on silicone or plastic items. If you happen to experience this phenomenon, we have some suggestions that may help remedy this.
The suggestions below should also help to neutralize any strong smells from foods that are detected on silicone items.
We tried these methods at our in-house Kinderville "test kitchen" with positive results. We found that using white vinegar or baking powder worked best in our trials.
1) White Vinegar Wipe Method-With a clean cloth, moisten it with white vinegar and wipe the container inside and out. Rinse immediately with warm water and let dry. You may need to rinse an additional time to remove any excess Vinegar.
2) Vinegar Bath Method-In a large stock pot, fill 1/2 full with water and add 2 cups of white vinegar. Bring to a gentle boil. Once boiling, carefully place the silicone items into the vinegar bath with long tongs or a spatula. USE EXTREME CAUTION AS TO NOT SPLASH HOT WATER. Boil for 10-15 minutes. Turn off stove and allow water to stop boiling. After about 5 minutes, CAREFULLY remove the silicone items using long tongs or a spatula. The Silicone items retain heat and will be HOT when removing, so use caution. Set aside to cool. Once cool, rinse and warm water and dry.
3) Baking Soda Paste Method – Pour Baking Soda into container; making it about 1/4" thick. Add enough water to create a thick paste. With your fingers or clean cloth, rub the paste onto all surfaces, set silicone item aside and let completely dry. Once dry, use warm water to remove paste, rinse and dry.
- The Kinderville Team.