The strainer or sieve is definitely one of the most widely used kitchen accessories, but it is also the most commonly ignored one when it comes to cleaning and maintenance of the same. We start to notice that our strainers or sieves need to be cleaned only when we notice those ugly hard debris that get lodged near the perforations. It is recommended to clean out the strainers from time to time so that the debris would not build up. Some of the things that you’ll require for conducting such a task are: dish soap, scrub brush, sink plug or a large bowl, an old toothbrush and a kitchen towel.
The very first thing that you need to do is to plug the sink and fill it up to 60% of its capacity. Alternatively, you can use a large bucket or pot, whichever is preferable to you for cleaning strainers and sieves. Next, mix a bit of the dish soap into the water to create a frothy and soapy water. Now, put the sieve or strainer into the soapy solution and allow it to soak for fifteen minutes or so. This will loosen up the hard residue and make it easy to clean. After that, dip your brush into the soapy water and begin scrubbing the strainer. Additionally, you can also use your old toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach places. However, do make sure you sterilize the toothbrush first before using it.
Sometimes, when one has not engaged in cleaning strainers and sieves for a long time then the debris would be very stubborn. In such a scenario, one can use a kitchen towel for deep cleaning. Simply hold the towel against the outside of the area to be cleaned and scrub the inside part with the brush vigorously against the towel. Also, it is important to ensure that you rotate the sieve while cleaning it so that you can thoroughly clean the entire surface of the sieve. Once you are satisfied with the cleaning process, you can rinse the sieve or strainer under running tap water and then allow it to air dry.
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