Wooden bowls add a special warmth to any kitchen, and when taken care of, can last for generations. But you’ve probably noticed they lose their luster if you use them regularly.
Fret not—while cleaning and caring for wooden bowls and other dishware seems like too much extra work, it’s not that bad! Whether it’s made from bamboo, oak or any other wood, keep these dos and don’ts in mind.
DO wash immediately after use.
You might be used to letting ceramic dishware sit out after a meal, but with wooden bowls, you want to clean them as soon as you can. Warm, soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge will be your wooden bowls’ best friends. If you can’t get to them right away, rinse off left behind particles so the wood doesn’t stain.
DON’T use harsh cleaners.
Wooden dishware is cherished because it’s natural. No two pieces are alike. So why use harsh cleansers that cause irreversible damage? Like we mentioned before, a quick rinse with warm soapy water should take care of most grime. If your bowls have picked up lingering flavors, sprinkle the inside with coarse salt then rub it in with half a lemon.
DO sanitize with a 1:1 mix of white vinegar and water.
Sanitizing wooden bowls helps control bacteria growth. The best part is you don’t need anything fancy – just water and white vinegar. Pour an equal parts mix of water and vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz your wooden bowls as needed. Make sure you wipe off the excess with a clean towel.
DO apply an occasional layer of mineral oil.
Everyday use can make wooden dishware look dull. Applying a thin layer of food-grade mineral oil keeps the wood in good shape while giving it a healthy sheen. A well-seasoned bowl or plate also prevents the wood from drying out and cracking.
DON’T put them in the dishwasher.
The high heat and pressure of a dishwasher can cause wood to warp and even crack. Same goes for the microwave and oven—though if your bowl or plate still feels sticky after washing, try putting it in a low-temp oven.
DO dry them thoroughly.
After washing, use a towel to pat the bowls dry then let them air dry the rest of the way. Nothing wrong with being extra careful to prevent the wood from warping!
Taking proper care of wooden bowls will keep them looking new and beautiful for years to come.
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