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What's the best way to clean a cheese grater?

Asked by occ (4176points) June 12th, 2007

the cheese always gets stuck in the holes, and if I use a sponge to clean it, I end up grating the sponge! I tried using steel wool but then I was grating the steel wool. Any other ideas?

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andrew's avatar

You really need a high powered stream of water...a spray nozzle or something...really close the the holes and then you can wipe away the debris.

nomtastic's avatar

are you cleaning in the direction of the grater? that is very important.

ava's avatar

Let the grater soak in warm sudsy water for about 15 minutes before you try washing it.

star*dar's avatar

clean in the direction of the grater with the soft part of the sponge (not the scrubby part). clean the inside first, then the outside.

samkusnetz's avatar

mine goes in the dishwasher. never had a problem.

LauratheRockStar's avatar

You mean, sponge ruiner!

Let it soak (or clean it right away before the cheese hardens)

The trick is also that on the front side you clean the opposite way that you grate cheese.
on the other side you clean it the way that you grate the cheese. (the opposite way as the front side)

samkusnetz's avatar

@lauratherockstar: "and now i have little bits of sponge, that would melt easily over tortilla chips." nice shout out...

kfingerman's avatar

The worst is the type for small grating that doesn't have a direction. Laura's got it right though - there are two kitchen utensils that need to be washed immediately if you ever want to use my kitchen again. The other is the garlic press.

Jill_E's avatar

Plug the sink drain, fill with hot water with soap, put the grater with cheese facing down the sink, let sit overnight and in the morning pop it in the dishwasher. Less hassle and less work. In the past, I've put it directly in the dishwasher before and half of the time would have a bit of cheese stuck on a glass etc.

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unacornea's avatar

you could also try using a toothbrush

Sophie23's avatar

Assuming your cleaning it just after using it, you should be able to wipe off most of the cheese with little effort. If it’s been hanging around for a while, you will need to leave it to soak.

LauratheRockStar's avatar

also, one of those little plastic scrub brush thingies is what I use on the tiny holes. Again, right away.

Lothlorien's avatar

soap and water?

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