While cutting various types of fish, pork, or any other type of greasy food, kitchen knives can become a greasy mess.
This can present a problem when cleaning, as a greasy sharp knife can be hard to manage.
The slightest slip while trying to clean a sharp, greasy knife can result in serious injury.
This article will provide several tips on the safest methods of cleaning greasy, sharp knives, thus keeping you safe from unnecessary injury while keeping your knives clean and well maintained.
Tip 1: Always wear rubber gloves
Chances are you do most of your dishwashing with a dishwasher.
Any hand washing you do is probably done with bare hands.
When washing a greasy, sharp knife, the first tip is to protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves.
The gloves will give you a considerably better grip of the knife, while protecting your hands from being cut should the knife slip.
This one tip is probably the most important in terms of safety.
Tip 2: Rinse thoroughly
Before you go to scrubbing a knife to remove grease and food particles, make sure you rinse it thoroughly in hot water.
Using rubber gloves will help you to use the hottest water, which will loosen and remove much of the grease and residue you need to clean.
The more you rinse, the less you need to scrub, which means the safer the procedure.
Tip 3: Soak the grease off
If a knife is really greasy or slimy, then the best thing to do is to soak off as much of the residue as you can.
Placing a knife in a shallow amount of hot soapy water (degreasing dish soap is best) will lift grease and residue off of the knife before you even start to clean it.
Don’t let the knife soak for more than 5-10 minutes as prolonged soaking could result in rust on some knives.
Tip 4: Clean all knives with the blade pointing away
Whenever you clean a knife, treat it like a gun – keep the dangerous end pointing away.
You wouldn’t point the barrel of a gun at yourself while cleaning, so neither should you point a sharp knife in your direction while handling it in any way.
By keeping the point and blade facing away from you, you will prevent serious injury should the knife slip.
Tip 5: Gently rub, don’t scrub
When you have put your gloves on, rinsed or soaked your knife, and have it pointing the right way – then it’s time to clean the knife.
Soak a dish sponge in hot, soapy water, and then begin to rub the blade clean, being sure to maintain a firm grip on the handle.
Do not put excess pressure on the knife, nor do you need to scrub it fast.
These actions will contribute to losing control of the knife.
Simply rub any debris or residue off with the soapy sponge, repeating until the blade is clean.
Again, if any residue won’t come off with a gentle rubbing motion, then more rinsing or soaking is required.
The trick to cleaning a greasy sharp knife is not to clean a greasy sharp knife.
By the time you actually go to clean the knife, most of the work should have been done for you.
A good thorough rinsing, or soaking for heavy residue, will remove the grease, making your task far easier and safer to perform.
Just as in any other potentially dangerous task, always remember rule #1 – SAFETY FIRST.