Peelers and slicers are useful for peeling and prepping vegetables, but are they not being cleaned after use?
Peelers and slicers are blades just like kitchen knives, so if they are washed carelessly, dirt will gradually accumulate and may affect their sharpness.
And above all, it does not feel good to have them dirty before you use them.
If you are one of those people who say, “I just rinse my peeler or slicer with water after use,” your one probably have quite a lot of dirt on your peeler or slicer.
As shown in the picture below.
In this article, we will show you how to easily wash your peeler or slicer, so you can do it to keep it clean and maintain a good sharpness!
How to wash and care for peelers
Since a peeler only peels vegetables, one might think that simply rinsing it with water is sufficient to wash it, but after prolonged use, dirt will become noticeable on the connection between the blade and the handle, as well as on the blade itself.
The picture below shows a peeler I have used for many years.
The plastic parts are dirty and the blade is dull.
The blade cannot be scrubbed well with a dish-washing sponge.
Also, some people don’t want to use a sponge because it will get torn up by the blade in the first place.
For these hard-to-wash areas, use a brush!
In this case, I used a toothbrush. (No detergent is used. Just wet it with water and scrub!)
It is easy to brush even the smallest parts!
The following is the condition after washing.
The plastic parts are now clean and the blade has regained its shine!
The stains came off much easier than I expected.
Since I only peel vegetables, I think the dirt itself is not so stubborn.
How to store peelers
Are you storing the peeler with other cooking utensils?
We do not recommend storing the peeler with other cooking utensils, as the blade may chip or lose its sharpness if it comes in contact with an object.
It is good to make a divider to store only peelers, but if you do not have enough space, hanging them on hooks is recommended.
Tape or suction cup hooks can be quickly and conveniently attached to the kitchen wall!
How to wash and care for slicers (julienne slicers)
Many slicers, including julienne slicers, have white products around the blades, which tend to be particularly dirty.
I use a julienne slicer mainly for slicing carrots and burdocks, so the blade part often gets dirty as shown in the picture below.
You can also see that the metal of the blade has also tarnished.
When this happens, scrubbing with a dish-washing sponge does not remove the stain very well.
Again, a toothbrush is useful here!
In the case of a slicer, perhaps because the vegetables are rubbed hard against the slicer, the dirt is quite stubborn, and simply scrubbing with a toothbrush moistened with water, as I do when I polish a peeler, will not remove much dirt.
In this case, use a kitchen cleanser!
Dab a little and scrub with a toothbrush to clean the stain.
As with the peeler, the blade can be easily cleaned by scrubbing with a toothbrush moistened with water.
The method is the same for both julienne slicers and slicers.
Cleaned up the slicer nicely!
These are some of the peeler and slicer care tips.
Both peelers and slicers are one of the most frequently used cooking utensils, so be sure to take care of them regularly to keep them clean and stress-free!