How to clean stainless steel knives?

The constant use of your stainless steel knives and cutlery probably makes them become spotted (and dull by the way, but let’s save this for another time). In today’s article I will draw your attention to my experience cleaning tricky spots on stainless steel knives. I hope that armed with the knowledge you will be able to impress your friends at the next dinner party.

Even after a through manual cleaning sometimes there might be less than flattering streaks and spots on the knives. These are caused by the mineral deposits in the water. We highly recommend that you never leave your knives wet and thoroughly dry them before putting them away.
However, when the damage is done, it is better to think how to restore our nice stainless steel knives to their original pristine condition.

There are several approaches to this cleaning – one of them is simply to use the dedicated professional products. However, for the environmentally conscious there are a number of nature-friendly approaches to cleaning. I will assume that you already are quite familiar with the first approach, so I will get straight to the natural ways. You have three options: to use olive oil, vinegar or baking soda.

First, you can use olive oil. You will need your spotted knives, a dry rag and a spoon of olive oil. Dip the rag in the oil and wipe thoroughly the knife. Rinse and dry well before storage.

The second approach is to use vinegar. Again, you will need a dry rag and a spoon of vinegar. You only need a damp rag to wipe the knife’s blade. Don’t use too much vinegar, it is really not needed. Just wipe well, rinse with lukewarm water and DRY the knife.

The third approach is using baking soda. Wet the knife, sprinkle some baking soda on the blade and wipe well. You might need to repeat that a couple of times if your knife is especially spotty.

Keep up:

To always have your stainless steel knives in this pristine condition you should rinse them after each use and dry them immediately. Don’t leave them to air dry or put them in the dishwasher as the nasty spots would appear again.

Bonus tip:

If egg, cheese or any other hard to remove food accidentally dries on your knives or forks, soak them in a sink full of hot water and dish soap for 5 minutes. Take a plastic mesh scrubber and scrub a few times. Boom, the particles are gone. Same works like a charm for silverware as well. Tried and tested.

Bonus video (how to remove rust from a knife):

Do you have your own tips to share? Do you know other ways to clean these knives?

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