How to Clean a Garlic Press

A garlic press is a common kitchen tool that helps the cook to release the full flavour of the garlic. It can be extremely difficult to clean afterwards. The tiny holes through which the garlic are forced can be awkward to wipe with a traditional kitchen cloth and pieces of garlic tend to stick to the inside of the press. Garlic isn’t a smell that you want permeating your house

Cleaning the Garlic Press

A few simple steps can help to get the garlic press sparkling clean without having to dismantle the entire thing.

  • Get a toothpick, food tie or unfolded paper clip.
  • Poke the toothpick through the holes in the garlic press.
  • Run the press through some warm water.
  • Repeat until the press is clean.
  • Rinse and dry.

Other Methods

If you can’t get hold of a toothpick, then a fork or the tip of a knife can work just as well. Be careful when poking sharp knives through the holes, keep your fingers out of the way and watch where the blade is going. You could also blow through the garlic press, although this can have an unpleasant outcome because it can leave the taste of raw garlic in your mouth.