How to Wash Wooden Utensils

When it comes to kitchen tools classic woodenware has never been beaten by metallic utensils. Utensils range from chopping boards, serving spoons, bowls, wooden spoons for cooking, to cups among others. You need to add a little comfort to your kitchen by ensuring that the utensils are sparkling clean. These wooden utensils are passed from generation to generation since time immemorial.

To protect against mold, germs, and bacteria, always go for wooden utensils. This is because they are antibacterial by nature as compared to other materials. Therefore, since wooden utensils are different from metallic or plastic utensils, they need completely different ways of care and maintenance. Usually, Wooden utensils are supposed to last a little longer but if not well taken care of, their lifespan becomes short. The discussion below explains how to wash wooden utensils.

Never Put Them in The Dishwasher

If you do not want your utensils to develop cracks, warps, and scratches and splits, never put them in the dishwasher that is full of detergents, high-pressure water, and heat. Do hand wash instead and results will be great. Follow the instructions below:

Hand Wash with Hot Water and Soap after Using

Hand wash

Use a gentle soap and hot water to wash your wooden utensils. Most people prefer using nylon scrubber and sponges to wipe food leftovers which get stuck on utensils. You can even wash them immediately after use to avoid unnecessary sticking of food leftovers. This way, you will be sure that all food particles are removed.

Wipe off Excess Moisture with a Hand Towel

After washing your wooden utensils, ensure you have cleared excess water using a towel. You can either blot or part on the surface to remove the water. This helps the wood not to soak for a long time. Too much soaking up expands the wood hence making it to crack and warp.

Let Them Thoroughly Dry

Let them thoroughly dry

After you have wiped your wooden utensils, do not take them to the house immediately yet. There could be some water stuck in the gaps of wood. An accumulation of such wetness may make the wood to crack. Therefore, ensure that thorough drying is done before printing placing them back to their positions.

Don't Let Them Soak Overnight

It is almost natural to leave utensils in the sink overnight, this is so tempting. Please do not soak wooden utensils. This is a big no, just like washing them in the water dish. If you allow them to soak overnight and remain with particles of food, the water is soaked up by the wood which later expands leading to deterioration. Particles of food that get into the gaps may be an attraction of bacteria which may pose serious health problems.

Routinely Treat with Mineral Oils

Once in a while, use mineral oil to rub your wooden utensils. This leaves your utensils shining and in the best condition ever. This should be done at least once a month. The purpose of this is to let the wood absorb the food-safe oils which are good for repelling water. This oil also makes your wooden utensils achieve vibrancy. Even when they are used excessively or when their use is prolonged, they still look nice.

Another thing that works best in the place of mineral oil is beeswax compounds. Spare some time and give your cutting boards, bowls, or spoons a revitalized care once in a month using mineral oil or beeswax. Use approved mineral oils only. Avoid using canola oil or olive oil. This is because they are food-based hence giving your utensils an awkward smell.

Buff out Rough Spots with Sandpaper

Buff out rough spots with sandpaper

In case you have used your wooden utensils for a long time, you will see some rough particles and using them becomes tricky. Do some sandpapering on those rough spots until the surface is smooth then get some mineral oil and rub it on the surface that has been sandpapered. How do you like it? Isn't it as good as new?

Stain Treatment

If you cut berries and other related fruits on your chopping board, stains are likely to remain on the surface on the board or any wooden utensils. Worry not, there is a way to remove those stains. We are going to use soap and hot water as the first strategy to scrub out the dirt. The second strategy in case the first one fails to work is to get baking soda and a lemon. You are going to run them on the specific stain while washing. There will be those stubborn stains that fail to come and out.

To take precautions, ensure that you clean your cutting board immediately after use to avoid an accumulation of stains that may invite bacteria. As you continue cleaning frequently, the stains will slowly disappear.

How to Deal with Smells

Smells

Getting rid of awkward smells from your wooden utensils such as bowls and chopping boards is easy. Rub a lemon on the surface of the board. Allow it to fully dry. You may want to use baking soda and water, rub the paste on the surface of the board. Allow it to dry and then wash the dirt off. White vinegar is also known to give positive results especially getting rid of smells. Rub it thoroughly and wash it off for a sparkling water results. Lemon also works well because it gives a fresh lemon fragrance on your wooden utensils.


Conclusion

Generally, care and cleaning of wooden utensils is a hard task and it differs from one home to another. One thing which is discouraged in the discussion above is the soaking of wooden utensils such as spoons. This is because they absorb water and expand hence slowly developing cracks and splits. Therefore, avoid soaking wooden spoons for cooking in the water dish. Always keep wooden utensils looking like new by applying the recommended oils and there you are!

Vera Watson
 

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