We’ve all been there… in the rush of preparing dinner some sort of plastic — whether it be a reusable container or food wrapper — ends up on your heated stovetop and immediately melts. While it’s bad enough seeing one of your bowls become a casualty of the scorcher that is your stovetop, the cleanup after can be an even bigger problem. Not to worry, though, because we’ve got a few solutions.
Cleaning Melted Plastic From a Stovetop
No matter what kind of stovetop you have, it’s possible to remove melted plastic. For glass or ceramic stovetops, start by allowing the stove and plastic to cool down. Once it has cooled completely, gently and carefully use a plastic scraper or razor blade to remove the plastic. Be mindful of the glass or ceramic surface.
If scraping proves insufficient, place a bag of ice on the plastic for 15-30 minutes. This will harden the plastic thus, making it easier to remove. After removing significant plastic residue, shift the focus to cleaning the stovetop. There are many suitable options that can be used.
Dealing With the Odor
As with a glass or ceramic stovetop, a gas stove with metal hobs should be completely cool before cleaning. After it’s no longer hot, gently remove the melted plastic with a plastic scraper. If plastic has gotten onto the metal grates, remove and clean the grates separately. If there are any bits that haven’t come off after scraping, use a hairdryer or heat gun on low heat to soften the remnants before carefully scraping or peeling. Sanitize the plastic-free surface with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover, and use a mild metal cleaner to remove any remaining residue.
The smell of melted plastic is rather unpleasant but can be removed rather easily. Start by opening the windows and turning on any fans, if you have. To ensure that the smell is completely gone, you can also fill a small dish with vinegar and stick it in the corner by the cooktop.
Being homeless is a scary reality countless people face. Nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to pay bills, put food on the table, provide for the family, and live in general. Many people have no choice but to leave everything behind and take their chances on the streets. Sometimes that means leaving behind something you love, as a woman recently had to do, unfortunately.
A Really Sad Story
A woman from Chattanooga, Tennessee, felt desperate enough to leave her puppy, Lilo, out on the streets because life had gotten too expensive, and she was facing a homeless life. The mom of two was heartbroken having to make the decision, but she was thinking of the dog’s best interest. She wanted the pup to have the best possible home, and she knew she couldn’t offer that, so she left her behind.
Homeless Lilo Gets Rescued
Fortunately for Lilo, a good samaritan found her and kindly took her to the McKamey Animal Center. There, they took care of the dog and discovered a heartfelt note her owner had left on her collar. It urged someone to take in the dog and love her as her mom could no longer do so due to expenses and having to live on the street with her children.
A Sweet Reunion for Dog and Owner
After the shelter posted the note on its Facebook account, they were left to wait. They cared for the dog and made sure she was healthy and fed until someone came to claim her. They also promised the owner they would do whatever they could to assist. The woman finally came in and was reunited with her best friend! She got help from the shelter and could keep her dog by her side!
After reuniting the woman and her beloved dog, Lilo, they updated their Facebook post to urge people to seek help when in these situations from their local animal shelters.