Getting food stains out of wooden kitchen utensils can be a rather tedious chore, and it constantly dissuades many people from obtaining them. With this fail-safe guide below, that will be stale news!
First and foremost, make sure you always clean your wooden utensils by hand and season with oil to keep them fresh. These promote intensive cleaning while preventing quick degradation.
However, these won't protect the utensils from tough food stains, but don't worry. All you have to do is in this 4-steps guide:
Step 1: Salt
Use extremely hot water to rinse away any bacteria that may be on the wooden item. Then, pour a good amount of coarse salt onto the wooden surface and rub a cut lemon over the surface until the salt has dissolved.
Follow this with a cold water rinse and then set in the sun to dry. This step will help to remove the food stain and leave the utensil smelling fresh.
Step 2: Baking Soda
If the first step didn't work, then try baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface and drizzle on lemon juice. Use a clean cloth to scrub the stained area, and then simply rinse and set in the sun to dry.
Step 3: Vinegar
Soak your wooden utensils in equal parts white vinegar and room temperature water overnight for intensive cleaning.
Step 4: Sandpaper
This last step is for when all else has failed. Giving the wooden utensil a rub with sandpaper will remove a layer to reveal fresh wood, and of course, scrape away the stains! However, don't forget to season your utensils again after sandpapering.
Note: don't try this method on hand-crafted, coated spoons.