How to Clean a Coconut

by Holly Mccoy ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Coconut
  • Saw
  • Eye protection
  • Water
  • Dish towel

Coconuts can be a bit difficult to open, but once they are, cleaning them is easy. You will be rewarded with a delicious, sweet juice once you open a fresh coconut and clean it well. Read these easy directions to learn how to do so.

Step 1

Select a coconut.

Step 2

Clean whatever strands of husk remain on the coconut’s shell.

Step 3

Locate the three “eyes,” or spots, on one end of the coconut. Find the soft one, which is the one that stands by itself.

Step 4

Clean the area around the soft eye with a knife, then dig out the covering. You may be able to dig right into the inside of your coconut, providing it is soft enough and your knife small enough.

Step 5

Drain the coconut water into a small cup or dish.

Step 6

Saw the shell in half carefully.

Step 7

Rinse out the inside of the coconut shell, as well as the edges. You may also want to scrape off the edge of the coconut with a knife, to remove any dust the saw may have created.

Step 8

Let drain on a clean towel.

Step 9



  • Use eye protection when opening a coconut, as pieces can fly easily.

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