Wooden kitchen utensils such as that old wooden ladle you use from time to time add a touch of warmth and charm to the heart of your home.
Every utensil in your kitchen needs to be kept clean and maintained before using them to make your next meal and wooden ones are no different.
Here are four easy steps you can follow to keep these timeless tools in pristine condition:
Remove spare food bits
It’s important to remove any food bits before, during, and after using wooden kitchen utensils.
Scrape off any food bits using a soft brush, and be gentle to avoid scratching or damaging the wood.
Wash wooden kitchen utensils thoroughly
Some detergents or soaps contain strong chemicals that can strip away the natural oils in wooden kitchen utensils.
It’s best to put a small amount of diluted soap in warm water instead, and then use a sponge or a soft cloth to scrub the wooden utensils as gently yet thoroughly as possible.
Dry utensils properly
Pat wooden kitchen utensils dry with a clean towel or paper towels. Then air dry them completely in a well-ventilated area.
It’s best not to leave them to dry in direct sunlight or anywhere too warm as this can crack or warm the wood.
Apply Oil or Wax
Choose an oil or wax specifically designed for cleaning wooden kitchen utensils.
Apply a small amount of oil or wax onto a clean cloth and rub it on the surface of the utensils. Then let the wooden kitchen utensils sit overnight to let them penetrate and clean the wood.
With regular care, your wooden utensils will continue to serve you well in the kitchen for years to come.
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