How To Clean A Knife With Vinegar

No more sticky-wicket sticky-wicket mess with these handy bottles.

If you haven’t yet noticed, the bottles in this tutorial do a great job cleaning knives. There is a good chance that you have a knife that has been sitting in the cutting board drawer for a while. If this is the case, you know exactly how messy removing it can be. There are some simple steps to take to make this process easier on you, and this tutorial should save you time and effort.

This first bottle is one of the most basic, and I will use it to clean anything that comes to my table. There is no excuse for not cleaning up after yourself. The bottle will clean anything that a good scrubbing won’t be able to. If you feel that one bottle won’t clean everything, try the others out first, they’ll all work just the same. Use any type of cleaner you choose.

A single bottle will clean your knife clean. Here’s how to wash it with a bottle:

To prep the knife, I used some mild detergent to clean the inside of the handle. I used this product for years, but it is no longer available from my local grocery store. It works just fine, and the price should be much cheaper for other brands, so pick what looks right for your budget. I chose Dawn dishwasher detergent. Don’t use any cleaning products designed for stainless, stainless steel, or other very hard materials. 

After cleaning with a toothbrush, dry the knife on paper towel using some kind of cloth or towel. 

For most knives, this isn’t necessary. I found that after washing with the toothbrush, most of the residue came off in a few passes. You can choose to dry it on something too, but I’ve found that paper towels work best.

Pour a half-liter bottle (or the larger jug of detergent) of hot water into the bottle. This will help the solution mix with any dirt or other debris that may be on the knife. I used a small glass measuring cup to get it in there. You don’t need more than this.

After mixing the solution with any other type of cleaner that may be in the bottle, pour it into a smaller container like a small bottle or a paint can.

Pour in a half liter bottle of bleach into that small container, and stir.

When done, it should look something like this.  This is the perfect amount of solution to use, and it is a good idea to check on it after a few uses to make sure that it isn’t too saturated or too diluted with water. (I ended up with two full bottles of half liters leftover, which went right into my house plants.) After using a little bleach on the knife, let the knife air dry for a couple hours. 

That is all I have to say on this. I hope you find this tutorial helpful and enjoy the clean knives you made.