Cleaning knives after each use can prevent the spread of bacteria, keep knives in good shape and prevent accidents caused by dirty or slippery knives. Always wipe or rinse food off of knives immediately after they’re used (especially mayonnaise, which is highly corrosive).

  • Lay the blade on a flat surface.
  • Carefully wipe one side with a wet cloth, then the other.
  • Wipe from the spine (back) ofthe blade.
  • Use soap and hot water to clean a knife after it has been used to cut poultry, meat or fish, and at the end of each day.
  • Wash and dry knives by hand.
  • Use a sanitizing solution.
  • A void putting a knife into soapy water and leaving it unattended there. Someone could reach into the cloudy water and get cut.

Avoid Puting Knives in a Dishwasher Because:

  • loose knives could damage the machine’s protective coating.
  • knives are hazardous to people reaching into the machine.


When a knife needs a good sharpening, get a sharpening stone or have a professional sharpen it for you. To align a knife’s edge after daily wear and tear, use a sharpening steel.

  • Hold the blade’s edge at about a 20-degree angle from the steel.
  • Draw the blade along the steel with a few easy strokes.
  • Alternate sides.
  • Be gentle; don’t push too hard.

It’s impotant to Keep Knives Sharp Because:

  • Sharp knives require less pressure to cut.
  • Dull knives are more likely to slip and cut you instead.


Store knives:

  • in a wooden knife block.
  • on a wall-mounted magnet strip.
  • in racks.
  • in trays.
  • away from open flames or extreme heat.
  • separate from other utensils.

Knife Safety:

  • Never use a knife as a substitute for other tools such as a screwdriver or bottle opener.
  • Avoid scraping food off a cutting board with the sharp edge of a knife-you’ll dull it. Use the back of the blade instead.
  • Carry knives with the blade pointed downward.


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