The Secret to Cleaning a Fine-Mesh Sieve or Strainer

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Mesh strainers have become a popular kitchen tool. People use them to rinse rice, wash produce, sift flour, or to strain purees and sauces. They've replaced the common colander in many homes. Even bartenders, both professional and home-grown, have taken to using them when mixing cocktails. However, they can be a bit of a challenge to get ​really​ clean. Luckily, we have a secret that'll make cleaning a fine-mesh sieve or strainer so much easier.

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What's the best way to wash a fine-mesh sieve or strainer?

The best way is to wash it ​immediately​ after use in this sequence:

  1. Remove any food by turning it upside down over your sink or garbage can.
  2. Turn it upside down and rinse it with warm/hot water, removing any food particles that may be stuck.
  3. Use a damp sponge and a drop or two of dish liquid to clean it.
  4. Rinse and allow to air dry.

But, if you didn't wash it right away, do this.

If you let your strainer sit for a while after use, then chances are some of the food particles have lodged within the holes of the strainer. To get them out, soak your strainer to get it really clean. Follow these steps:

Step 1

First, soak it in soapy water. Fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water and a couple drops of dish liquid. Place the strainer in the bowl and allow it to soak for 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 2

Turn the strainer upside down and use your sink's faucet or sprayer on the strainer to remove any loosened food particles.

Step 3

Time to give it a good scrubbing. Use a wet scrub brush with a drop or two of dish liquid to remove any particles left in the holes of the strainer. It may take a little work, but be sure to get the brush into the holes to remove stuck on foods.

TIP: For food that will not budge with the use of a scrub brush, use a toothpick or other pointy item to push the food particles out and rinse well.

Step 4

Rinse with warm water.

Step 5

Air dry or dry with a soft cloth.

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Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.