Cleaning Up: How Do You Clean Your Strainers?

We feel a little foolish, but we need your help with a problem that's been bugging us for quite some time. Strainers! No matter how thoroughly we think we've cleaned them, we always seem to find stray particles of food still caught in the wire mesh. How do you clean yours?We've tried rough sponges, scrubbies with bristles, soft rags, and just running them through the dishwasher. The spray nozzle on our sink does a descent job of dislocating bits of food jammed into the mesh, but particles still seem to cling to the strainer like magnets and refuse to be washed away.

It's time-consuming and annoying. We feel that there's got to be a better way than what we've been doing.

Do you have a tried and true method for making sure your strainer is clean? Please share!

Related: Cleaning Up: What do You NOT Put in the Dishwasher

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