To clean and disinfect the wheel of a can opener, just use white vinegar and an old tooth brush. Dip the toothbrush in the vinegar and scrub clean. Swish in hot soapy water and rinse.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
By KS Granny 10/15/2011
I've had problems with rust if I soak a can opener, or leave it messy. I've learned to never put down my handheld can opener. I use it, rinse it thoroughly under hot running water (turning the wheel with it open and closed), then stand it in the drain rack to drain. Then I remove the lid from the can and use it.
I keep a magnet on the fridge by my food-preparation area, and I put the magnet opposite the starting point (when I get past that point). That way the lid doesn't fall in while I'm busy washing the can opener.
Thanks for the tip about the toothbrush, though, no matter how careful you are, mistakes happen (especially when you're rushed or have "helpers"), so it's good to have a good way to clean it when that happens.
By Lilac 10/15/2011
I put my hand held can opener in the dishwasher. I have done it for years. If you don't have a dishwasher you can put it in your hot dish water. No problem. If you have an electric can opener sometimes the head snaps off. Can openers should be washed everytime you use them just like anything else.
By Dorina 10/29/2010
Great post! I keep an old toothbrush in my kitchen for all tiny scrubs just like the can opener.
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Why is it everytime I buy a can opener it only last for a few months and then it rust and becomes difficult to use? I heard you are not supposed to submerge them in water, but how should you clean them then? Any suggestions?
As a postscript, the rust is not likely to hurt you anyway....don't toss them for a bit of rust. Will probably give you some extra iron. Just my opinion, I have used hand can openers exclusively for years and I am still here.
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To clean a can opener, whether it be an electric or a hand crank one, place a folded piece of paper towel around the edge that cuts the top of the can off, and proceed to have the edge go through the process that you use to cut. You will find that the end result is a nice clean edge. No broken fingernails to worry about. Happy cleaning.
I have a hand held can opener that has some gunk on it. How do I clean it?
By Lynda from Kearny, NJ
After a cycle in the dishwasher I take a small square of paper towel, dip it in vegetable oil, and run the paper towel through the can opener. If I don't do that then I just give it a good spray of Pam and then crank it a few times. (04/22/2009)
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