Caring for your wooden utensils

As a material, wood has had a place in the kitchen for many years. From spoons and chopping boards to salad bowls you’ll find wood has a place in every kitchen. And it’s no surprise, wood is strong, lightweight and comes with its own antibacterial properties. It’s also perfect for those non-stick pans we have to make life easier.

Whilst wood is a much loved natural material in the kitchen, it becomes tricky when it comes to cleaning them. Over time, your much loved wooden accessories can lose their glossy finish and in return, you’re left with a much less luxurious, matte and cracked exterior. So how do you uphold the beauty in your wooden elements? You follow the right cleaning and care procedure we’ve put together below!

1. Wash after each use

Making sure you wash your wooden utensils or board with hot water and washing up liquid each use is key to looking after them. It not only helps to keep harmful germs and bacteria at bay but also helps to minimise staining from food. If food is seeming tough to get off, try using a nylon scrubbing pad for some extra help!

2. Avoid the dishwasher

When it comes to wooden kitchenware we’re afraid you’ll have to get your rubber gloves on; dishwashers are not an option. The high temperatures in the dishwashers are known to leave cracks in the wood as it dries them out - often leading to a horrible exterior. Take 2 minutes to wash by hand to maintain the glossy finish for longer.

3. Don’t let them air dry

After you’ve washed your boards or utensils, don’t simply leave them sitting on the draining board to air dry. Otherwise, over time the wood will swell and crack; all your hard work will have gone to waste!

4. Once a month use an oil

To help to maintain a glossy finish, once a month use a soft cloth to rub a natural oil (such as mineral oil) into the wood. Doing so will help to protect the wood, and leave it looking and feeling good as new.

5. Use some light sandpaper

For those rough patches and light stains that don’t seem to go away, light sandpaper becomes your best friend. Your wooden chopping board will be looking like new in no time at all!

6. Don’t hold onto them forever

A final tip is to not hold onto your beloved wooden utensils forever. Over time, wood does split and dry out meaning that food remnants and other bacteria can get stuck in the cracks. When this occurs, it’s time to get rid and replace with something new. 

Posted on: 8th January 2019

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