Recently I’ve gathered a beautiful collection of wooden utensils. As with many sets, pieced together from flea markets and thrift stores, they were a bit dull and needed to be revitalized. If you have taken the time to gather a beautiful collection of wooden utensils and want to learn how to care for them I’m glad you’re here. You will find that once you learn how to clean wooden spoons and cutting boards your utensils will last a lifetime and will be a treasured tool in your kitchen.
How to Clean Wooden Spoons and Cutting Boards
- Avoid using your wooden cutting board to cut raw meat.
- Keep them out of water and out of the dishwasher. Heat and detergent can cause your wooden items to warp, split, and develop cracks. Always wash them by hand.
- Hand wash with mild soap and warm water. You can use a sponge or scrubbing pad if needed.
- Dry thoroughly with a tea towel. After washing, remove excess water with a tea towel. This will prevent the wood from soaking up too much moisture and eliminate the chances of damage or mold growth.
- Let them air dry before putting them away.
- To keep your wooden utensils shiny and in good condition, treat them often with wooden utensil butter.
How to Make Wooden Utensil Butter
- 2 Tbsp. Organic Beeswax Pellets
- 6 Tbsp. Unrefined Coconut Oil
- Add the beeswax and coconut oil to a wide mouth Mason jar.
- Place the jar in a small saucepan filled 1/3 of the way with water (enough to surround most of the jar, but not so much that it goes into the jar).
- Heat the water over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the beeswax is completely melted.
- Remove the jar from the heat and allow the butter to cool and completely set.
- Apply a generous layer to your spoons, cutting boards, rolling pins, and any utensil with unpainted wood.
- Rub the wood butter into the wood and allow it to soak for several hours or even overnight.
- The next time you use a previously oiled utensil, wipe any excess butter away with a tea towel before use.
If you love this homemaking tip, be sure to check out: