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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Answer to the Spoon Mystery...

You all had some good and interesting guesses, but the answer is....

I melted the spoon in the dishwasher.
It fell down onto the heating element.
I didn't realize it until the house was filled with smoke and it smelled like burnt rubber.
There was black smoke coming out of the dishwasher.

The dishwasher, along with all the items inside, smelled like burnt rubber.
Melted rubber is EXTREMELY hard to wipe up.
No matter what concoction I attempted, it just smeared and looked worse.
I finally gave up and scrubbed the heating element as best I could.
Then I went to the store and bought this...
It says it removes limescale and rust, so I thought it had to be potent enough to remove the burnt rubber and get rid of that HORRENDOUS smell.
It helped a little.

I was watching the Today Show one morning and they said to run Tang in your empty dishwasher once a month to give it a good ole cleaning....
So I did just that.  I ran Tang through my dishwasher.
It helped a little.
Then I rewashed all the dishes that were in there during the Molten Spoon Incident and the smell improved.
With each cleaning the smell gets a little better, but there is still smeared black "goo" in the bottom of my dishwasher.

Any suggestions on removing melted rubber??
I'm game for anything!


  1. Thanks for visiting "My Crazy Beautiful Life"...I'm returning the visit and you made me laugh...I'm laughing with you about the melted spoon...not at you...LOL

    It is something I so would have done...

  2. oh that smell is terrible...burnt rubber......hope you get it out soon...

  3. Can you scrape it out with a straight edge? Tang? Really? interesting!

  4. bummer! Never had this problem, yet anyway. Hope it comes off soon! I haven't had Tang in years.

  5. Oh my gosh this sounds like something I would do. I wish I had a suggestion for you. I do want to try that Tang idea though.

    I found you through UBP, your family is gorgeous!

  6. That Tang suggestion is a really good idea!!!

  7. Hmmm If Tang can do that to the inside of a dishwasher, what does it do inside us? I have no other helpful thing to tell you except perhaps you could call the company and see what ideas they have. You are surely not the first to have this mishap. Good luck!

  8. Tang as a cleaner yes I had heard that before I wonder what it does to our bodies pipes maybe it cleans them too. IO used to drink a lot of tang at one time. LOL B

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