Twitter has explained how to use a cheese grater properly - much to the surprise of users of the social media site.

Cheese grater

Cheese grater

The viral video shows viewers a genius mess-free hack for grating cheese and it includes lying the grater horizontally on its side and scraping the wedge so the shavings collect inside without any fuss

Grating cheese vertically also means that there's less likelihood that you will grate your fingers which every cook has experienced at some point.

The Twitter user who posted the video said: ''Ok, I was today years old when I found out THIS is how a cheese grater is used !? I feel a fool.''

The post has since received nearly 65,000 likes 20,000 retweets from astounded fans who are shocked by the revelation video.

One fan wrote: ''Omg my life is changed forever.''

Another said: ''Weird how we've all been doing it vertically loooool. But now I think about it, it makes sense to do it like the video (sic)''