After spending the day preparing meals, your knives are bound to be covered in food residue and crumbs. Putting the knives back into the knife block will encourage the growth of bacteria in the block which affects the hygiene conditions in your kitchen and contaminate the other knives as well.
To make sure that your and your family’s health is not affected, keep your knives and knife block clean. Cleaning knives can be tricky depending on the type of blade, especially delicate blades like ceramic or electric fillet knives.
Keep in mind that you can never wash your knives in the dishwasher because it will dull the blades and crack the handles. It is important to take special care of the blades to preserve their longevity. If you have checked our review on Tops Bob 154cm you may already know that taking care of knives increases their longevity highly.
There are safe and efficient ways to clean different types of knives and keep your food from getting contaminated. Here is how you can clean your knife depending on the material of its blade:
Carbon Based Steel
Carbon-based steel knives cannot be cleaned with traditional warm water and soap. Because they are not immune to corrosion and need special maintenance. They can be washed under water but try to minimize this by wiping them after using them every time. Moreover, remember these few precautions:
- Never soak them in water.
- Do not use soap to clean
- Clean with a dry sponge and wipe with a dry cloth immediately
- Don’t air dry
Electric knives are a novel innovation when it comes to filleting and carving hefty meats and bread. They allow making precise and neat cuts and make it easy to do any heavy-duty cutting.
But electrical knives are high maintenance and need special care when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning them is a little more difficult than other types of knives because of the multiple parts that need to be disassembled and cleaned separately. Here are a few tips that will come in handy:
- Disassemble all the parts and clean them separately.
- Use separate blades on the knife to avoid cross-contamination.
- Electric knives blades are dishwasher safe and can also be cleaned with soap and warm water.
- Clean the electric part with cleaning tools and paper towels.
Make sure that you are taking the blades apart before cleaning and washing, and don’t put the electric handle in the dishwasher.
Ceramic knives are the easiest to wash and clean because of their non-porous characteristics. They are known to be resistant to corrosion, stains, grease, and even acids, and don’t catch mold. This makes their tendency to breed bacteria extremely low. You can simply clean a ceramic knife with these three ingredients:
- Warm water
- Paper towel
Just soap the knives in the water mixed with soap and clean with a dry paper towel. In order to maintain the non-stickiness of the knife, make sure to avoid any harsh abrasive products! Also, avoid putting ceramic knives in the sink with other metal flatware because the brittle blade of the knife can break upon knocking against steel.
Stainless Steel Knives
Stainless steel knives are easily manageable by natural remedies to remove dried food and another crud that accumulates on them. Here are a few steps you can follow to clean stainless steel knives;
- Warm-up some water
- Cover your sink with foil
- Spread the knives on the foil and sprinkle baking soda on them.
- Pour ¼ white vinegar on the knives and wait till it foams
Once the foam has formed, wait a few minutes and wash with warm water. It is important to not use anything harsh soaps and chemicals on stainless steel because it will affect its non-stickiness and might damage the blade.
There are many home-based ingredients like lemon, vinegar, etc you can use to clean knives without having to use harsh cleaning products on them. Try to clean your knives regularly and wipe them after using with a wet sponge daily to avoid putting them underwater after each use. Properly caring for your kitchen knives is very important because they can pass on the bacteria to your food and jeopardize your and your family’s health!