The can opener, be it electric or manual, is an essential element of many a kitchen, especially as the use of tinned foods has gained in popularity. It is though all too easy to open a can, and then put the can opener away, with the possibility that some remnants of foods have been left on the can opener. There are though a number of ways in which it is possible to clean a can opener effectively and quickly.
The most obvious step to take is to put the can opener in the dishwasher. A dishwasher is very good at effectively and quickly cleaning a can opener, and although an electric can opener can not be put in one, many of the components can. Despite the effectiveness of the dishwasher, occasionally though will miss food particles, especially those that get caught in inaccessible parts of the kitchen tool.
To access the inaccessible areas of the can opener it is best to make use of a toothbrush or a nail brush. The bristles will clean hard to reach areas and will clean via friction. For best results though it is best to use warm soapy water in conjunction with the toothbrush. Many people make use of dental floss or similar to clear away food remnants, but obviously this does not have the same cleaning effect.
As a final step to create a shine, the can opener can be cleaned off with a cloth dipped in some white vinegar. The vinegar will add a shine but will also help to remove any lingering odours.
Many people when looking to clean any piece of kitchen equipment like to devise their own cleaning product; and the cleaner's favourite baking soda can once again be used to create a cleaning paste when the soda is mixed with water. There are of course many store brought products that will also do the job of effectively cleaning a can opener, and such things as oven cleaners work well.
The best way to effectively clean a can opener is to clean it regularly. It is best to get into the routine of washing the can opener each time it is used. This routine will ensure that food can not build up and harden, making the cleaning process more difficult than it should be.
Cleaning is never easy, and requires some effort, but an can opener can be effectively and easily cleaned with a toothbrush, warm soapy water, and some elbow grease.