Re: Clean thermometer..??
I second the simple green soak and the green side of those scrubby sponges you get in the grocery store. Depending on the manufacturer of the thermometer, only the very last 1/8 to 1/4" inch (the point) has the bi-metal conductor that detects the temp. As long as that part is clean, the rest really should not matter in regards to performance. Don't soak the wire, just the probe itself.
I'm a big fan of being clean so I think its important to keep all the gadgets looking like new.
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