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Ruined Nutrimill

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Kathy1987

Ruined Nutrimill

I was at my friends house yesterday and was horrified to find that her 2 year old daughter had poured a bottle of shampoo into her mill.  She is sick.  (She is not looking for help in raising children.)  I told her I would try to find out if there was someway to fix it without sending it back to the company.  We have talked with them and $150 will do the trick plus shipping both ways.  We really think it may be hopeless.  If anyone reading this has any ideas please let me know.  Blessing! 

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BettyR

LOL!!!!! I know this is not funny but oh how I remember those days. I had 4 children the first one was 5 years old when the second child was born and then 1 year later we got a surprise package of twins. I had 3 babies in diapers at the same time. I have stories that would curl your hair. Give your friend a big hug, buy her some chocolate and tell her that belive it or not she will one day look back on this and laugh.


 


 

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LindyD

Does your friend have homeowners insurance?  If so, and depending on the deductible, there may be coverage.  Certainly worth a call.


I'll second the suggestion of chocolate... if the two-year-old doesn't get it to first! ;-)

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Kathy1987

They rent so I don't think the insurance idea will work.  I was wondering if you can buy the milling piece and replace that.  If any ideas on that let me know.  There are times I could laugh about this, but I don't dare.  The chocolate is a nice idea too. 

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BettyR

little piece of advice. We bought outside door knobs....the ones that have keyed locks on them and put them on the bathroom and bedroom doors. We also put one on the linen closet which is where we kept all meds and any other household item that a little one could poison themselves with. We kept the doors locked and placed the keys on top of the door jam so that even if the little imps got a chair to stand on they still couldn't reach the keys. The only doors that were left unlocked where the kid's bedrooms.


 


I also bought shoe lace brackets that had bells on them so that every time one of the toddlers took a step the bells would jingle and I would know without looking where they were at all times.

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colababe

Wow......I soooo sympathize.  Umm.....a thought.  Perhaps if she were to clean any soap out she can get to, then allow the mill to sit out in a well ventilated area, for a good while, (not sure how long) so the soap inside will dry out good; then perhaps run some rice through it to clean out the dried soap.  If it doesn't work she could still send it back to the company for repairs.  Perhaps some of the other members who have more experience could  comment on this theory.


If it appeared to work, I would put some of the first flour in some water and swish it to see if there were any bubbles.  And then maybe taste the water for any "fragrant" flavor. ( |-)  This sounds so silly!)

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spsq

I was running my mill once, leaning over to make sure the grain was clean, when a drawstring on my sweaterhood got sucked into the machine!  Complete with a soft metal edge on the end!


 


My hubbie and I had no choice: we yanked the remaining string out, ran several batches of wheat through the machine (and discarded it) and hoped for the best.  Works great!


 


I agree with the previous poster, wait for it to dry (though soap won't really dry) run several runs of grain/rice through it, discarding and cleaning the machine between loads as much as possible.  You can always send it afterwards to the company, if "self cleaning" fails to work.  Good luck!

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spsq

double post. oops

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Kathy1987

I will give her some of your ideas.  I think the best chance is to let is dry and run the grain through it.  Thanks, everyone!

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jannrn

Aother thought....Alcohol will denature the soap...so you coupd run that through to "rinse" the shampoo out then let it dry out in the sun and THEN run the rice through it. I am a surgical nurse and we use alcohol to get rid of the soapy residue from betadine scrub we use. Please post your results whatever happens!! Oh and when you get your friend some chocolate....give her a pamphlet on renters insurance!! Bless you for being such a good friend!

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BerniePiel

If it were mine, I would take each segment apart all the way down to the barest essentials.  Those parts that didn't have any relationship w/ electricity I would hose down till the bubbles stopped then let them dry in the sun for at least a day......I'd probably set them over a heating vent or some other source of warm, dry air to help evaporate the water that may be lingering in hidden recesses.  As to the metalic parts, first find out what kind of metal because  stainless steel doesn't rust, neither does brass composites.  The most critical is the motor.  I would doubt, although I could be very wrong but I doubt that shampoo made it to the motor by just pouring soap into the grain hopper.  I'm not sure whether soap is a conductor of electricity either.  If not, then there's a possibility that the soap, once dried hard will act as an insulator.  I have had other electrical devices that got different liquids accidentally inserted in them.  The best thing you can do with an electrical component is to get as much of the liquid up and let it dry, dry, dry.  I would also go back to Nutrimill and ask who is there best troubleshooter and ask what he/she would do.  I don't think I'd just throw it away without trying the above steps.  Good luck and tell your friend to put the shampoo up on a high shelf, next time.