A can opener can get rusty if you wash and fail to dry it completely or gets exposed to moisture. Food liquid, gunk, dust, and metal can also cause rust if you use and fail to clean it. Again a poor quality opener that is not stainless steel is likely to rust sooner. So, what are the effects?
Once rust accumulates on the gears, it will be hard to operate that opener. If you manage to open the food can with that opener, the chances are high that some rust will fall on the food.
Eating such food may not be dangerous at first but will become toxic with time after ingesting it in large quality. Consuming sharp metals can become life-threatening and can harm your mouth and digestive system.
There are two main ways of washing the can opener to help remove the rust from the opener. These ways include
1. Use Magica Rust Remover Spray
You already understand the dangers that come with rust if it falls on your food. Purchase a Magica rust removal spray bottle immediately you detect signs of rust. You also require a cleaning agent and warm water to help you restore the opener into its original form. Once you get the two, follow these steps.
a. Combine Magical rust removal and the cleaning agent and soak the can opener.
b. The solutions should be able to dissolve gunk and rust within 10 minutes.
c. Rinse it in warm water, and wipe it completely
d. Leave it in direct sunlight to dry completely
e. Use it or store it until you need it.
Remember, if you store the opener in your cardboard before drying completely, rust will soon occur.
2. Use White Vinegar
Remember, rust affects the moving parts of the can opener, thus reducing its performance. So gather white vinegar, jar, old brush, warm water, soap, and a cloth. Follow this process
a. Pick a jar and set it on a flat surface.
b. Place the opener in the can and add some white vinegar until its almost submerged
c. Leave it for 20 minutes to an hour to soak and add more time if it’s too rusty.
d. Once the rust dissolves, pick the opener and open its part; Note that not all can openers have an option of disassembling them.
e. If you’re lucky, grab a bush and use the vinegar to rub its parts in a circular motion. If you’re unable to dismantle it, clean it and give special attention to moving parts
f. Rinse the vinegar with water first before dipping in warm soapy water.
g. Continue scrubbing it with the brush until it becomes sparkling clean.
h. Rinse it under the faucet and avoid leaving any soap particles.
i. Wipe all the parts with a clean towel and dry them completely in the sun.
j. Reassemble the parts and store it.
Remember that the electric can opener too can become rusty. Use these tips when cleaning it. They include-:
a. Start by unplugging the power to avoid a nasty injury.
b. Check the manual to understand if the blade bracket is detachable and learn how to detach it.
c. Put the blade bracket in a jar and cover it with white vinegar for up to an hour. Leave it overnight if it’s too rusty.
d. If you’re unable to detach it, then pick a brush and scrub vigorously. If you manage to disconnect it, then scrub the blade as well using a brush.
e. Dip the bracket in the warm soapy water and continue scrubbing with a brush.
f. Rinse the bracket/ opener and let it to dry well in direct sunlight.
g. Lubricate and store correctly.
Also read: How To Properly Use A Can Opener?
Rust Prevention Measures
Repeating these processes can be tedious, and so it’s better to take enough remedies. These measures include-:
a. Buying Stainless Steel Opener
Price is the main factor when considering the can opener for many people. They go for cheap options without thinking of the quality. The opener starts to rust after using it for a short time. They dispose of it and buy a new one. The cycle continues and ends up using lots of money.
They could not have incurred this cost and frustration if they had invested in a high-quality stainless steel can opener. It may be expensive than some other options, but it’s rust-resistant. It will serve you for long once you maintain it properly.
b. Keep It Clean And Dry
Clean it after use and avoid the habit of leaving gunks and soap on the opener. Once you are through with it, place it under the faucet and rinse it thoroughly. Scrub any food particles attached to it. Wipe it using a clean cloth and allow it to dry in the sun. Remember, if you store a wet can opener in the cupboard, the moisture will react with oxygen, and oxidation will occur. As a result, rust will start to build up.
Leave the dry opener in the cupboard to avoid exposing it to dust. Remember that dust is also a culprit when it comes to rust.
Also read: [Easy way] How To Clean a Can Opener?
Poor quality and failure to maintain the can opener properly can make the can opener rusty faster. Using the rusty can opener is not advisable since there is a danger of ingesting sharp metallic particles. So once the opener rust, either use a Magica rust removal or clean it with vinegar, brush, and soapy water. Don’t forget to wash and lubricate it.
1. Why does my opener rust even after washing and drying it?
The opener may be of poor quality, topped with the fact that you are not drying it well. You can change the situation by blowing the water using a hairdryer. Also, a mitt will protect your figures from getting burned.
2. Is a rusty can opener dangerous to my health?
It may be dangerous if ingested in a small portion but can be toxic if you continue consuming the rust in a large amount. There is also a danger if some sharp metal particles fall on your food.
3. How should i prevent rust?
Rinse immediately after use and dry it completely using a paper towel and a hairdryer. You can also expose it to the sun to be sure that it’s dry. Finish by lubricating its moving parts before storing them well.