Hypothetically Speaking…

It MeltedA quick question this morning:

Are the fumes from a melting plastic spatula harmful?

As in – should one evacuate the house if said spatula should happen to melt and fill the house with eye-watering noxious fumes?

Hypothetically speaking of course.

Let’s just imagine that a housewife wakes up late, rushes to get her husband breakfast only to discover that all the metal spatulas are dirty and sitting in the dishwasher that didn’t get turned on the night before.

So she grabs a plastic one. As soon as the egg is flipped out on the plate, she puts the plastic spatula in the cast iron skillet and moves it to the back burner.

Then, after she hands her wonderful husband his lunch and kisses him goodbye, she decided to have a cup of hot tea.

So she fills the tea kettle and puts it on the front burner and turns it on.

While the water heats, she decides to check out Pinterest for a few minutes. A few minutes turns into several because Pinterest is so addicting…and the next thing she knows there is a nasty odor emanating from her kitchen.

She rushes in to discover that she accidentally turned on the back burner instead of the front burner and there is green plastic slime melted all over the cast iron skillet and a cloud of nasty fumes billowing through the house.

Hypothetically speaking of course.

So – other than sitting the pan and melted plastic outside, opening all the windows in the house (despite the fact that it is 50 degrees and sprinkling) and offering the kids hot chocolate for breakfast to warm them up, what else should she do?

And how in the world does one get melted plastic out of a cast iron skillet?

Hypothetically speaking of course.

I never liked that spatula anyway.

5 thoughts on “Hypothetically Speaking…

  1. Hmmmm, hypothetically speaking… How much did you like the cast iron pan? LOL Perhaps when it is all cooled off the lovely green slime that remains will just peel away? One can hope.


  2. Ha ha, that hypothetical smoke can be pretty cloying all right!! I’m the same as you though, I’d NEVER let Pinterest distract me like that!! 🙂


  3. Hmmmm – well hypothetically – I would say leave all the windows open for awhile to air the house out – I understand the smell of melted plastic can linger for while…. (I certainly wouldn’t know from experience) – I would also say wait until the plastic hardens and you might be able to break it off the pan… I’ve heard that if you melt a tupperware bowl full of chex mix in your oven b/c you forgot it was in there and decided to preheat the oven that sometimes works – I wouldn’t know that for a fact of course – but I will warn you that that smell might linger – on the bright side it will linger in the pan for you and not in the oven… that is not something you want to smell every time you turn your oven on… trust me!


  4. There seems to be a lot of hypothesising around your neck of the woods! lol x Perhaps you need to reheat the pan (gently!) and scrape it out (not with a plastic spoon – maybe a wooden one!) when it has melted until there is no more plastic left… can’t you google it? There must be someone in this big wide world who would know what to say about your your hypothesis… Catherine 😀


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