It isn’t very pleasant to have an unpolished knife in your kitchen. It adds to the misery if the knife is rusted. Working with a rusted or unpolished knife is more dangerous than using a polished one. We need to apply more force, and if it slips or slides, it can cut our fingers.
Rusted knives also bear health dangers. So, how to polish a knife with household items? But all these do not mean that we need to throw it away.
We can easily polish a knife with our household items and make it rust-free following some simple steps. These effective steps are as simple as you like. So, here we are with another How to Tricks about polishing a knife with household items.
How To Polish A Knife With Household Items – Follow The Guideline
It is not a good idea to continue working with an unpolished knife. It slows down the chopping works and carries great danger. When you can easily get rid of this problem, it is unwise to continue with an unpolished knife.
When we say polish, it includes sharpening the cutting edges and shining it by unrusting. We will guide you through the polishing work in three major stages. Cleaning the Knife, Unrusting the Knife, and polishing the knife. Let’s grab the knife and start working right away.
Cleaning The Knife
First, we need to clean the knife and remove all the dirt and dust. It is because it is always better to work on a clean surface. After that, we should proceed to unrusting it. Cleaning first will also help to do the unrusting work efficiently, as the dirt cannot interfere.
A knife becomes dirty when we cut raw meats or vegetables with it and leave it that way. Again, dust particles pile on the knife. You can clean it by using a clean cloth and some freshwater. Do not worry about using water because water cannot turn into rust instantly. You can also use a mild cleaning solution that works fine as well. So, now our knife is free from dust. Let’s jump to the next stage.
Removing The Rust
It seems that water and air make an evil conspiracy to turn your shining knife into a rusted one. Worry not; unrusting a knife is not so difficult as it seems. You can remove the rust quite easily with your household items.
Vinegar is a very efficient rust remover. To remove rust, we will use vinegar here. We can remove rust in several other ways that we will discuss later in this article. Let’s remove the rust from our dear knife with vinegar quickly down below.
- You have to take white vinegar in a bowl so that you can soak the knife into it.
- Soak the knife into the vinegar for a night. Let the rust be soaked and weaken into the vinegar.
- Then, you have to remove the knife out of the bowl and scrub out the rust from it. You can use a steel wool scrubber or dish scrubber to scrub off the rust.
- Hold the handle with one hand and scrub the knife gently with the other hand. Careful, you might cut your fingers. You will notice that most of the rust is gone.
- If some rust remains, then you have to follow these steps again. This time, soak the knife into the bowl of vinegar for a little longer.
- Hopefully, all the rust is now gone, and all that is left is the shining knife in front of you.
Now that you have successfully and quite easily got rid of the rust on your knife. Now you need to polish it by sharpening its edge.
Polishing The Knife
An unpolished knife does not cut well. It is disturbing and annoying to work with an unpolished knife. We can polish a knife by using several household items. The polishing process is identical for all the items. We have to polish the knife consciously to make the cutting-edge sharper and smoother.
It is possible to use Rock, Sandpaper, Ceramic Mug or Plate, Leather Belt, Scissors, and Nylon Strap to make the knife polish. Let us walk you through the polishing process with some common household items.
Rock is probably the most-used household item that we use to polish the knife. For the best polishing result, you need to choose a flat and solid rock. It would be better if the rock were wet. So, wet the rock if it is dry before you start polishing.
For polishing, you can run the rock on the knife. You can also lay flat the rock and run the knife on it. Both processes will work just fine. So, lay the wet rock flat on the ground. Then, move the knife on it one way (avoid back and forth moving) by creating an angle and sharp the cutting edge. Please do not cut the rock with a straight knife; otherwise, it will harm the cutting edge instead.
Sandpaper is another useful household item that we use to remove rust or polish something. We can use it to polish the knife. This time, you have to lay the sandpaper on something and run the knife on the sandpaper.
Lay the sandpaper on the ground and strap it with something not to move away while polishing the knife. Or you can lay the sandpaper on something sticky, like on an old mouse pad. Now, wet the sandpaper with water and run the knife on it at an angle. Move the knife and sharpen the edge like the stone process mentioned above.
Ceramic Mug Or Plate
Every household has ceramic mugs and plates. We can use them to polish the knife easily. Have you ever noticed the backside of a ceramic mug or plate? They are not smooth. You can use this rough surface to polish the knife, and it works pretty well.
Put the mug or plate on the ground up-side-down. Then run the knife’s edge at an angle to sharp it. After some time, you will notice the difference.
You can sharpen the edge of your knife by using a pair of scissors. To do this, you have to use both of your hands. Hold the scissors with one hand and the knife with another. Now run the knife at an angle on one of the blades of scissors. Do not place the knife at a 90 degrees angle; otherwise, you will harm the sharp edge instead.
You never know where you have to use your knife, maybe for cutting an apple. You can sharpen the knife’s edge by running it on the car window. To do this, you have to half-open the car window. Then run the knife’s edge at an angle on the edge of the window. By this process, your knife will be a lot sharper than before.
The leather belt is used extensively for polishing the edges of knives. The fact here is that it cannot sharpen the cutting-edge of a knife as effectively as the processes we mentioned above. But it can make the rough cutting-edge a lot smoother. So, we can use a leather belt for fine-tuning the sharp edge of a knife.
To do this, you have to hold the leather belt straight and hard. You can strap one end of the belt with something and straighten it by holding the other end with your hand.
Then you have to run the knife’s edge at an angle on the straight belt. Do not place the knife at a 90 degrees angle. Hence you will cut the belt and make the cutting-edge rougher. Do it properly, and after some time, you will notice the knife’s edge a lot smoother.
As we did with the leather belt, we can use a nylon strap of a backpack to fine-tune a knife. To do it, you have to follow the same steps we mentioned for the leather belt.
You have to hold the nylon strap straight and run the knife back and forth at an angle. As simple as that, and you are done polishing the knife. And here we go; by following these three simple stages, cleaning, unrusting, and polishing, you can make your knife shine and sharp.
Now, do you remember we talked about some more ways of removing the rust from your knife? We guided you through the vinegar process to remove the rust. Here we are, with some more processes right below.
More Ways Of Removing Rust From Your Knife
The more you learn, the better it will serve you. We have learned the vinegar process in this article. Imagine you do not have vinegar available in your household. Does your knife stay rusted? Of course not. Let’s follow some more ways of removing rust from a knife.
Baking soda is an effective and one of the most-used household items to remove rust from a metal knife. We guess this time you are lucky, and the baking soda is available in your household. So, let’s start with the rust-removing process right away.
First, you have to make a thick but liquid paste of baking soda and water. Then cover the whole metal part of the knife with this paste. Keep it this way for about half an hour. It is to let the paste sit well on the rusty knife.
Now is the time to start scrubbing. Scrub the knife with a steel wool brush or a dish scrubber. After some time, you will notice that the rust is going away. Then wash it with clean water and dry it quickly. We hope now you can use your knife as a mirror as well.
Potato And Salt
Though it seems awkward, it will work. You can remove the rust of your knife by using a sliced potato along with salt. Potatoes contain oxalic acid. It is an agent used extensively in cleaning products. This oxalic acid of potatoes can weaken and remove the rust.
First, pick a large-size potato. Stick your knife into it and keep it that way for an hour. Or you can slice the potato and scrub the knife with the sliced part. Put salt on the knife before you scrub it.
The oxalic acid will weaken the rust on your knife. Then scrub off the rust using a steel wool brush like the previous way. After some time, you will see a rust-free knife. This process is not as effective as the vinegar and baking soda process. But this will work just fine.
Lemon And Salt
It is another simple way of removing rust from your metal knife using household items. It is identical to the previous one we discussed above. The acid within the lemon can weaken the rust of your knife.
First, you have to put salt on the knife and cover the entire rusted area. Then squeeze lemon juice on it and keep it that way for several minutes. Let the mixture sit properly on the rust. Then, scrub it as we said above.
We guess, enough talking about the polishing and removing rust. If you take good care of anything, it stays well, also true for your sweetheart knife. If we use our knives properly and store them alright, they will keep shining sharp and rust-free. So, here are some tips about using and storing knives.
- The more you use a knife, the more it stays fresh. So, chop more and more vegetables and raw meats. Keep the knife working. Keeping it away for a long time will enable the water and air to make a conspiracy against the knife and make it rusted.
- To keep the cutting-edge sharp and smooth always, use it on the proper surface. Do not cut vegetables with your knife on a metal surface. Instead, use wooden or plastic surfaces.
- Clean the knife properly and dry it instantly. After chopping vegetables or raw meats, clean the knife. If you keep the knife without cleaning, stains will sit on it. You can clean it with water or any mild cleaning solution. But never forget to dry it instantly. Because a wet knife gives birth to rust.
- Store the knife properly is the next tip. Rust grows on your knife because of the humidity and air. So, please keep it in a dry place. Covering a dry knife with a fresh cloth while storing it can be a very good idea.
We are pretty much happy that you have read this far. And we are happier because, we guess, we have helped you out with your dusty and rusty knives. As things stand, it is quite easy to polish a knife with regular household items.
But if we take good care of our knives in the first place, we do not even need to deal with the rust. Finally, we hope you have a better time with your sweetheart knife. And do not cut your fingers. I hope now you know how to polish a knife with household items.