Cleaning your hand-held can opener is something that’s often overlooked, and then gunk accumulates…and then it doesn’t work! Here’s an easy fix…

This tip involves one of our favorite ingredients…apple cider vinegar! It works wonders on can-opener gunk. Simply pour about one-half cup in a shallow bowl, and dunk your can opener in the vinegar so that the gunky mechanism is completely covered. Let it sit for at least two hours (we’ve soaked it for longer). You’ll see the icky matter at the bottom of the bowl. Remove your can opener from the vinegar, hold it over a sink or large basin, and carefully pour some just-boiled water over the mechanism (throw out the vinegar…the smell will soon dissipate). Then take a clean toothbrush to brush away any debris that is still on the opener. Dry it as much as possible (be careful around the sharp cutting surfaces), and your opener is ready to go!

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