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Friend put my garlic press in the dishwasher and now it stains. Can it be fixed?

Friend put my garlic press in the dishwasher and now it stains. Can it be fixed?

DracarysMeansFire

That's cast aluminium, the oxide is toxic. Either scrub clean very well, or replace


ForStupidityOnly

Hollup I thought that was the magic of aluminum, it doesn’t oxidize? Obviously alloys have a lot to do with it but one would think a safe alloy would be used for kitchen ware.


DracarysMeansFire

Untrue. It has a non-porous oxide layer, and under normal atmospheric conditions, it's harmless and very slightly opaque, but mostly colourless. The detergent/salts in a dishwasher create a different oxide compound that is grayish (like this), amd its toxic. It also rubs off on skin, it'll stain your fingers.


ForStupidityOnly

Very informative thank you!


barrelvoyage410

No, it’s just that all aluminum you have ever seen is basically oxidized. It is part of why welding aluminum is harder than steel, oxidizes with air and fast, so you need a shielding gas.


Gurre_

Thanks for the help, will try that out :)


idk_whatever_69

That's not cast iron are you in the wrong sub perhaps?


Gurre_

Yes I know that this isn't cast iron, just didn't know which other sub that would know about stuff like this :)


idk_whatever_69

There are many other cooking subs, did you even try looking? Or are you that Simpsons meme? *"We've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas!"*


LallybrochSassenach

Yep! Just season it as you would any other cast iron piece (directions in our pinned post at the top of the sub, if this is your first cast iron).


sundstrom193

1) it’s aluminum 2) you don’t season garlic presses


LallybrochSassenach

Ah, I thought they were saying it was cast iron. Sorry!


Gurre_

Yeah my bad, could think of another sub that would have knowledge on this :)


LallybrochSassenach

Not bad at all. Everyone has questions, that’s what Reddit is about.


pipehonker

Is it aluminum?


Gurre_

Yes it seams like it


pipehonker

Aluminum oxidizes in certain water conditions. You could polish it with something like Brasso...


Dogrel

Get a magic eraser scrub pad, dampen it and scrub all of the oxide off. From there be sure to wash that aluminum garlic press by hand from now on.


Gurre_

Thanks for the suggestion, will do that to know that I've gotten all the oxide off.


IdealBread

Boil it in vinegar. Had the same issue with some KitchenAid stand mixer parts that got dishwashed


Gurre_

Great suggestion, did this with lemon juice and vinegar and now it's spotless. Will do a final clean with lemon salt and then magic eraser to make sure that it's safe to use :)


riron65

I had the same issue with a commercial cheese cutter, I unfortunately put it in to the dishwasher which removed the protective coating from heat and detergent. I scrubbed the black residue off and coated with canola oil. After a few uses and hand cleaning, it’s now clean and usable with no black residue. Don’t throw it away, you can clean and reuse. Most likely zinc or aluminum not cast .


Gurre_

Yeah I for sure don't want to throw It away, my roommate wanted to buy a new one so maybe this was sabotage :0 :D