Here’s how to get spilled milk out of nooks and crannies
If you drink milk, there’s a good chance you’ve spilled it. When the spill is confined to a puddle of water on your counter or on the floor, it is easily wiped up with a rag or paper towel. But when milk drips, drains, or finds its way through cracks, crevices, and other hard-to-reach places, cleaning becomes more delicate.
It will take more than a wipe of a rag to remove this spill.
“What you can do really depends on what kind of crevices the milk has spilled into,” said Kimberly Stewart, owner of Sweep & Slate cleaning service in Bangor. “But there are ways to do it.”
Here are four ways to clean milk in hard-to-reach places.
Cloth and cleaner
If you have something small or narrow enough to reach the cracks and crevices, you can wrap it with a thin cloth dampened with the cleaner. Then you can wipe off the milk while it is still liquid. Wipe, rinse your cloth and repeat as many times as necessary until the cloth comes out clean.
Items like pencils, rulers, meat skewers, or pegs work well for this method. It also works well for reaching spilled milk that has seeped under an appliance or cabinet.
The cleansing gel has been around for some time. It’s a soft, malleable ball, much like the slime kids play with. Originally marketed to clean hard-to-reach spaces inside a car like vents or cup holders, Stewart said it can also work well to remove milk from cracks or crevices.
“You have to let the milk dry until it becomes flaky,” she said. “Then you can roll it into the crack and it’ll remove the grime.” “
No cleansing gel on hand? You can use your children’s Play-Doh the same way, said Stewart.
Used to blow dust from computer keyboards and other electronic devices, they are basically containers that blow forced air. Let the milk dry so you don’t blow milk droplets all over the place. Then, once it’s dry and you’ve blown it out of the crack or crevice, wipe, sweep, or vacuum up any particles.
Stewart describes a rotating brush as an industrial electric toothbrush. These battery-powered devices are also called hurricane washers and drill brushes. With its tiny bristles and rotating or vibrating head, a rotating brush can reach tiny spaces to loosen and extract dried milk. You can find rotary brushes online or in the bed / bath shelves of most large retail stores.
Even after you’ve wiped off every last drop of liquid milk or powdered milk flake, there may still be residue. Over time, this residue will begin to give off the characteristic and unpleasant odor of sour milk. Before that happens, take an extra step to wipe down the area or cracks one last time.
“I like to use white vinegar to get rid of bad odors,” Stewart said. “It’s something most people have on hand and it won’t hurt you if you don’t erase it completely.”
A solution of baking soda and water is another non-chemical recipe that you can use to wipe up an area that has spilled milk. Then wipe it again with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue of the baking soda mixture. If you plan to use a store-bought cleaner, make sure you read the label and that it is safe for the surface you plan to wipe it on.