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If you do your family’s grocery shopping and love to cook, you probably know that cheese that is sold by the block costs less and tastes better than cheese that has been shredded and packaged in convenient bags. Furthermore, numerous cheeses like smoked gouda and gruyere are not sold in the shredded form. This means that you will need to grate these cheeses yourself at home. Although grating cheese is easy, cleaning a cheese grater can be frustratingly hard. In addition to cheese graters, micro planes and lemon zesters are difficult to clean.

However, cleaning these items does not need to be difficult. We have gathered the top tips on how to properly clean your cheese greater easily and without damaging your knuckles.

Make Cleaning Easy by Cleaning Right After You Use It – The longer you wait to clean your cheese grater or lemon zester, the more difficult it is. As time passes, the cheese or lemon zest begins to harden and adhere to the grater/zester. One of the best ways to avoid this and make cleaning a breeze is to clean it by washing your cheese grater as soon as you are finished using it.

Clean Your Cheese Grater in Your Dishwasher – If you have a dishwasher, it can make cleaning your cheese grater/ zester a breeze. Before you toss it in the dishwasher, make sure that it is dishwasher safe. Additionally, avoid using the drying cycle on your dishwasher as it can bake on any leftover residue. As soon as your dishwasher completes its cycle, remove the grater and dry it using a microfiber cloth to ensure all leftover bits are removed.

Clean Your Cheese Grater with a Lemon – Believe it or not, you can clean your cheese grater using a lemon. To clean your grater using a lemon, you will need:

* One lemon, halved
* 2-3 tablespoons of salt
* Dishwashing liquid
* One small bowl
* A microfiber towel

Place the salt in your small bowl. Dip the cut side of your lemon into your salt. Scrub your cheese grater using the lemon. Allow the lemon/salt mixture to sit on the cheese grater for 3 to 5 minutes. Run very hot water and rinse your cheese grater to remove any residue and lemon particles. Run hot water into your sink and add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid. Clean the cheese grater using your microfiber towel like you would any other dish. Wipe the opposite direction you would grate your cheese to avoid damaging your microfiber towel or fingers. If you do not have a lemon, you can use a potato instead and get the same results.

How to Clean Your Cheese Grate with a Pastry Brush – Another method for cleaning a cheese grater involves using a pastry brush. For this method, you will need:

* A clean, dry pastry brush or toothbrush
* A microfiber towel
* Dishwashing detergent

Run your toothbrush or pastry brush in the opposite direction that you would use to grate cheese to remove all leftover particles of cheese. Run hot water into your sink and add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid and wash the cheese grater as you would any other dish. Then, rinse using hot water and dry using a clean microfiber towel.

As you can see, cleaning your cheese grater is a breeze when you have the proper tools and information. If you would like to learn how to clean your microwave, cutting board or other difficult to clean kitchen items, read about our other kitchen cleaning hacks.