Our knives are rusting.
At least I think it’s rust.
We use them every day, wash them in the dishwasher, then put them back in the knife block. I’m a bit paranoid of cutting myself (last time it happened, I passed out), so I have put off cleaning them because of the extended handling involved.
Finally, the spots were annoying me enough that I finally decided to very carefully remove them.
I began with my primary spot remover: a magic eraser.
I love magic erasers so much. But after about 30 seconds of scrubbing (it only takes a second or two normally), there were still bits that wouldn’t budge.
I thought of trying salt and vinegar (for abrasion and acidity), but then remembered the Barkeeper’s Friend canister that I splurged on a few months ago and hadn’t used much. There were annoying powder piles remaining around the rim of the shaker from its last use, so I scooped some up on the corner of a dampened nylon scourer and gave the knife a scrub.
The spots were gone in two seconds.
I quickly cleaned and rinsed all the other knives.
I think it took about 10 minutes in all.
One small embarassment remedied.