How to Effectively Clean Your Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons are important in the kitchen, and rightfully so. Their ability to endure high temperatures, being crafted from natural elements, and their inertness towards acidic foods sets them apart from materials like copper and aluminum. Additionally, they come with the bonus of not causing any scratches on your nonstick cookware. Given these reasons, it's only fitting that these crucial culinary tools receive some extra care to maintain their prime condition. Then, let's have a look at these practical methods.

How Often Should You Do It? 

Maintaining the longevity of your wooden spoons requires a consistent cleaning, given their propensity to absorb grease and odors. Rinsing off food residue after each use forms a crucial first step. To bolster their durability and safeguard against undesirable racks or stains, a gentle and regular cleansing routine using mild soap and warm water is highly recommended. Persistent grime or stubborn residues can be tackled with a soft, non-abrasive sponge. For a more thorough purification process, consider immersing your wooden spoons in a solution composed of equal parts water and either hydrogen peroxide or distilled white vinegar. A minimum of 15 minutes for the spoons to steep is essential, followed by a comprehensive rinse and subsequent air drying. This method should ideally be repeated on a monthly basis.

 

Equipment/Tools 

  • Non-abrasive sponge 
  • Microfiber cloth 
  • Bowl or tall Tupperware 

Materials 

  • Mild soap 
  • Distilled white vinegar 
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional) 
  • Food-safe mineral oil (optional) 

 How to Clean Your Wooden Spoons Daily 

Wooden spoons can be susceptible to unsightly cracks and stains. Therefore, it's important to adopt a cautious approach by hand-washing these utensils post every use. Use a mild soap and some warm water and a gentle, non-abrasive sponge to ensure their immaculate upkeep. 

 

Rinse and Air Dry  

Once you've successfully cleaned any residual debris clinging to your wooden spoons, the next is to thoroughly rinse off the soap residue until the water flows clear. Gently dab your spoons dry with a microfiber cloth, position them on a drying mat, give them some time for them to completely air-dry before using again. 

 

 

How to Do It Monthly 

Create a Solution with Vinegar and Water 

You might have come across the viral boiling water technique showcased on TikTok for cleansing wooden spoons. Although it can effectively sanitize and eliminate residue, it carries the drawback of potentially harming the spoons and shortening their lifespan. Consider blending equivalent proportions of distilled white vinegar and warm water within a bowl or tall Tupperware container.  

Dip Your Wooden Spoons 

After a preparation, gently place your wooden spoons into it and givethem a few gentle swirls. Allow the spoons to immerse in the mixture for approximately 20 minutes. During this time, you'll likely observe a shift in the water's hue, indicative of the vinegar effectively infiltrating stubborn stains and accumulation. If, however, the soak appears insufficient in efficacy, the subsequent step is poised to offer a solution! 

If your wooden spoons are still dirty, add a small amount of baking soda into your vinegar-water mixture. A few spoonfuls of baking soda should suffice. As this baking soda interacts with the vinegar, you'll witness the emergence of effervescent bubbles. Give your spoons with an additional gentle swirl within the container, letting them an additional 10 minutes of immersion. This method is going to increase the effect of cleaning process. 

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