You spend time and effort keeping your kitchen knives clean and sharp, but have what about your knife block? In today’s post, we’ll be exploring a troubling problem that may be lurking inside your knife block, and the simple steps you can take to fix it!
The Problem: Your Knife Block May Be Full Of Grime (Or Worse!)
While storing your knives in a block may be convenient, it’s not a perfect storage solution. If you put knives that aren’t totally clean or totally dry back into your knife block, problems can arise surprisingly quickly!
The deep, dark slots of your knife block make a perfect hiding place for bacteria and even mold, especially if the wood itself is damp or dirty. For obvious reasons, these aren’t great conditions for the place you store the knives you use to prepare dinner!
The Solution: Deep Clean Your Knife Block
While visions of mold lurking inside your knife block may tempt you to take drastic action, never fear! In just a few easy steps, you can give your knife block a thorough deep cleaning that will eliminate any grime that may have taken up residence inside it!
Here’s how to deep clean your knife block and restore it to a more sanitary state. :-)
How To Deep Clean Your Knife Block
- Warm water
- Pipe cleaners
- Clean cloth
Step 1 – Empty It
Start by removing the knives from your knife block. This is a good opportunity to wash them all (by hand, of course) to make sure they’re good and clean before they go back into the block.
Step 2 – Scrub The Slots
Next, turn the block upside-down over your sink and give it a good shake to remove any crumbs or debris.
Then add 1 teaspoon of bleach to 4 cups of warm water to make your knife block cleaning solution.
Dip a pipe cleaner into the solution, then use it to scrub the inside of each slot in your block. Rinse or replace the pipe cleaner as needed until each of the slots had been scrubbed thoroughly.
Step 3 – Scrub The Outside
Once the slots are clean, use a sponge and a bit of warm, soapy water to clean the outside of the block. Avoid soaking the block, and try not to get it too wet as you’re scrubbing.
Once the outside is clean, wipe it down with a clean cloth.
Step 4 – Let It Dry
Set the block out to dry on a towel, and let it sit there undisturbed for several hours, or overnight. You want to make sure it’s completely dry before using it again!
Step 5 – Finish Up
One the block is dry, carefully put the knives back into the block. All done! :-)
- In addition to potentially harboring mold, knife blocks can quickly dull the blades as you remove and replace them.
- Instead, store your knives on a magnetic knife strip!
- They’re easy to clean and will help keep your knives sharper, longer.
Where do your store your kitchen knives?