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JontyDoggle37 Tue 12-May-20 22:09:45

Posting here for traffic because this is driving me nuts. 1st world problem, I know. We don’t currently have a dishwasher (just moved into a house at start of lockdown and we’re going to remodel the kitchen so not installing dishwasher until that’s done), so washing sieves and strainers by hand and everything seems to get stuck in them. Have tried a washing up brush, jetting water at them, none of it really works. Help!

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scattercushion17 Tue 12-May-20 22:11:39

Following as I have this problem.

Notimeforaname Tue 12-May-20 22:17:25

I soak it in warm/hot soapy water for about 10 or 15 minutes, turn upside down and run the tap on the underside. The pressure rinces anything else the soak didn't take off.

Ariela Tue 12-May-20 22:18:36

Wash it and scrub with a brush . The place face down in bowl of water, remove from water keeping it level - this pushes anything through. then rinse off from the inside under the tap.

bitofafunnyquestion Wed 13-May-20 00:09:54

soak the bugger then use a brush under the tap to get any remaining bits off.

IamDisappeared Wed 13-May-20 00:11:24

Duct tape it to car bonnet, apply pressure washer/ go to car wash

vodkaredbullgirl Wed 13-May-20 00:16:01

Bang it on the sink, i do and it gets the bits out.

MiniMum97 Wed 13-May-20 00:16:28

I just scrub with a washing up sponge and beat washing up liquid then rinse.

NerdyBird Wed 13-May-20 00:17:20

soak then scrub with a brush under really hot running water. We have a really fine sieve and everything sticks to it.

MrsToothyBitch Wed 13-May-20 00:17:35

Soak, rinse, tap on side of sink, leave upside down to drip dry.

TheFlis12345 Wed 13-May-20 00:21:13

Easiest way is to rinse under tap or shake in water directly after use to remove debris before it sticks.

UserX Wed 13-May-20 01:20:22

A. Get a different sieve with large holes for pasta, veg, etc

B. Don’t overcook your food. Seriously what are you sieving that sticks so badly?

JontyDoggle37 Wed 13-May-20 07:04:52

@IamDisappeared I like your style!

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Daisydoesnt Wed 13-May-20 07:11:38

Seriously what are you sieving that sticks so badly?
Yes I'd love to know this too! What are you cooking that sticks to it??

I'm also interested to know if you're sieve is metal or plastic? Mine are metal and I've never had anything stick that a normal hand wash won't clean off, even when I've been pushing eg veg, sweet potato, celeriac through a fine sieve to make puree.

DontStandSoCloseToMe Wed 13-May-20 07:11:51

What are you sieving that's so hard to clean?! We do have a dishwasher but didn't until we moved into this house in 2016, I have never had this problem

CrowdedHouseinQuarantine Wed 13-May-20 07:13:48

i always had a problem with sieves until i got a dishwasher so i understand.
i agree with perhaps trying a colander instead

Hadjab Wed 13-May-20 07:15:02

Use a brush - rather than scrub it, poke the bristles through the holes.

mouldysprouts Wed 13-May-20 07:18:56

An old toothbrush. Or a toothpick if you are really really bored.

EdwinaMay Wed 13-May-20 07:22:37

The sieve needs washed in clean water to avoid picking up more stuff. Mine is metal and I just wipe firmly with a cloth. But I strain all veg in the pan using the lid.

lidoshuffle Wed 13-May-20 07:32:42

It's the junction of the metal band and mesh that I find always attracts food up it.

dun1urkin Wed 13-May-20 07:37:53

I am also wondering what you’re sieving now. Have other posters identified the issue? Are you using a sieve to drain pasta and veg? Get a colander and save the sieve for rinsing grains and pulses etc

bluefoxmug Wed 13-May-20 07:41:09

don't let them dry out and rinse immediately after use.
we only use sieves to drain lentils or rice. or kefir grains, but we rinse straight after use and only have issues if dh we let it dry.

Veterinari Wed 13-May-20 07:46:48

Surely OP is using a colander for veg/pasta etc. Sieves are for flour or other powdery things

StripeyLurcher Wed 13-May-20 07:51:27

Make sure you wash it straight away so nothing has a chance to dry on. When using it for flour rinse in cold water not hot, as using hot water can create a kind of glue that is harder to get off.

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