How to Properly Clean and Maintain Your Electric Can Opener?

Clean and Maintain Your Can Opener

The electric can opener was among the things in my kitchen that I didn’t think required any sort of cleaning.

Well, not until the other day when I decided to inspect them thoroughly for cleanliness. I was surprised to learn that can openers actually accumulate dirt just like any other piece of equipment in the kitchen.

Thankfully, cleaning and maintaining them is satisfyingly easy. You won’t break a sweat, and it will be sparkling clean in a matter of minutes.

This article will help you to go about the process of ridding the rust flakes off your can opener.


Here’s what you are going to need to clean a dirty can opener:

  • A tall narrow container (Mason jar)
  • An old toothbrush
  • White vinegar (distilled)
  • Dish soap
  • Towel

The Instructions

The first thing to do is soak the can opener in a vinegar-filled tall narrow container with the gears facing down. The reason you need to use a narrow container is that it minimizes the amount of vinegar you will need to use. Once you have ensured that all the working parts of the can opener are covered in vinegar, now wait for a couple of minutes until you see bubbles coming off of the gears. Depending on how dirty the can opener was, the wait time could range from around two minutes up to an hour.

The next cleaning stage is where you do the actual scrubbing where you use the toothbrush dunked in vinegar to brush gears of the can opener. You will notice that the bristles turn brown. Rinse the browned toothbrush then dunk it again in vinegar and brush the gears again. You should repeat this until the bristles of the toothbrush are clean. Now, apply some dish soap on the toothbrush and use it to scrub the can opener. This helps to get rid of any greasy bits from the can opener. Rinse off the soap from the can opener and then dry the gears with a dish towel. This is important because it helps to get rid of any moisture that could cause the gears to rust. 

In summation, cleaning a can opener is a simple process yet it guarantees you a long time of excellent service. By cleaning your can opener on a regular basis you are observing important maintenance measures that enhance its durability. Ensure that you use the right equipment and that you follow the correct instructions when cleaning your can opener. If you have left it to long however check out the best electric can opener here.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.