Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to Clean a Can Opener

If can openers could talk, they would have a voice like Rodney Dangerfield and say "No respect." This little gadget gets yanked out of the drawer regularly, but rarely gets more than a quick rinse or a scrub with soapy water. Neither of these actions do much to keep it's special parts gunk-free, which makes it harder for them to work well.

 A clean can opener is a happy can opener! Here's how to get a can opener really clean with just baking soda and tap water, and the help of an old toothbrush.

I used club soda, but water will do.

  • Mix together 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water to create a very runny paste. (Think melting ice cream.) 
  • Apply paste to can opener with an old toothbrush. Be sure to open, close, and turn the can opener that way you can brush part of it. 
  • Scrub, scrub, scrub!
  • Rinse and dry.
  • Self high-five! You're awesome, even if no one else in the house notices that you cleaned the can opener!
Ready to go!
The first time I tried this solution, which I found on Real Simple, I cleaned the can opener in my boyfriend's bachelor pad. It was very gnarly, but I managed to get it superclean in about 20 minutes.

This time around, I let the paste rest on the gadget for about 15 minutes and I used club soda (Go Team Minerals!) instead of tap water, in hopes of spending less time scrubbing. I was able to get the can opener clean in 3 minutes, but it might have been because the can opener wasn't as dirty. #BadScience I guess the only thing this proves is both techniques work. Well, hooray for that at least!

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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