Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you have a stainless steel or aluminum asparagus steamer and are looking for a natural and affordable way to clean it, baking soda and vinegar may do the magic. First, make a paste of equal parts of vinegar and baking soda. Apply the paste to the soiled areas of the steamer with a clean cloth or sponge. Scrub the affected area gently to remove any stuck-on food or mineral deposits. Rinse the steamer with warm water and dry it with a clean kitchen towel or allow it to air dry.
Using Dish Soap and Warm Water
Some asparagus steamers are dishwasher safe, but others may not be. It is important to confirm your specific steamer’s washing instructions before cleaning it. If your asparagus steamer is dishwasher safe, rinse it of any food debris and place it in the dishwasher. If your steamer is not dishwasher safe, you can wash it with dish soap and warm water. Start by filling the sink or a large container with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Place the steamer in the water, soaking it for about 5-10 minutes, then use a soft-bristled brush or cloth to gently scrub the surface. Rinse the steamer thoroughly and dry with a clean rag or air-dry it upside down to prevent water droplets from collecting inside.
Using Lemon and Salt
Lemon juice and salt are natural cleaning agents that can be used to clean your asparagus steamer. The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a stain remover, while the abrasive texture of salt helps to rub off stuck-on stains. Mix equal parts of salt and water to form a thick paste. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into the salt paste and mix it. Gently apply the mixture to the surface of the steamer, scrubbing it softly. Rinse the steamer thoroughly with warm water and allow it to air dry.
Using a Baking Soda and Water Paste
Baking soda is another natural cleaning agent that can be used to clean your asparagus steamer. Baking soda works to remove stains and baked-on food particles from the steamer. Mix baking soda and water to create a thick paste. Using a non-abrasive sponge, apply the paste to the surface of the steamer and allow the paste to sit on the stains for about 10 minutes. Rinse the paste off with warm water and dry the steamer with a soft cloth.
Using a Commercial Cleaning Agent
If the natural cleaning agents failed to effectively clean your asparagus steamer, you may need to use a commercial cleaning agent. Make sure to look for a cleaning solution that is specifically designed for use on the material from which your asparagus steamer is made. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use, and exercise caution while handling the cleaning solution, taking precautions to protect your skin, eyes, and nose from possible irritation.