1. Can I use dishwashing liquid to wash wooden utensils?
A safe and acceptable way to clean wooden utensils and chopping boards is to run them under hot water, apply a gentle dishwashing liquid and scrub gently.
Rinse them well and pat excess water with a dry cloth/paper towel. Always ensure that they dry completely under the sun.
For wooden chopping boards, prop them up to allow both sides to dry.
Note: Do not soak wooden utensils. Wood is porous and soaking them will cause it to expand. When wood becomes too wet, it will cause the occurrence of mould.
2. Is there a way to disinfect my wooden chopping board? (e.g after using it to cut raw meat)
It is not recommended to use a wooden chopping board to cut raw meat as wood is porous. Bacteria can seep into wood, contaminating the surface. Using a plastic chopping board is more desirable for raw meat as it is less porous. You will be able to place it into the dishwasher and run it with the hottest temperature setting to sanitise your chopping board.
Wooden chopping board is more desirable for slicing fruits, vegetables, herbs etc.
Nevertheless, to disinfect wooden utensils and wooden chopping board, you can mix vinegar and water in the 1:2 ratio. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe them with the solution and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it under hot water before leaving it to dry under the sun.
Vinegar contains acetic acid which helps to disinfect your wooden chopping board and eliminates food-related sicknesses like salmonella and e.coli.
3. Does germs retain more in wooden boards?
According to a study carried out on plastic and wooden chopping boards, it was discovered that wood has antibacterial properties. “The tests results indicate that the surface of a wooden board will actually stop dangerous bacteria from multiplying and the germs simply die out after a period of about three minutes.”
Some speculate that is it because “Trees naturally fight infection, bacteria, and mold, and even though it’s no longer a living organism, the properties of wood are still the same; wood still has cells that don’t grow bacteria or mold.”
Despite so, proper care and cleaning is still necessary to ensure the longevity of your wooden board!
4. How to get rid of odour on the chopping board?
Sprinkle coarse salt on the board and rub it with a half a lemon. For a strong odour, baking soda will do the trick with lemon too. The citrus smell of the lemon freshens up the wood and makes it smell good. This natural way also helps in removing stains on top of odour – double bonus!
Rinse your chopping board after and let it out in the sun to dry it.
5. Should I oil my wooden chopping board?
Oiling your wooden chopping board is a way to bring back life to a noticeably dry board. You might ask, why oiling? Wood has fibers in them. Oil penetrates into the fibers and gives it a protective finish so that it wouldn’t absorb juices, colours or aromas from previous foods.
However, do be aware that not all types of oil are suitable!
Food-based oil such as vegetable oil and olive oil is not a good choice because it turns rancid quickly when exposed to air, giving out an unpleasant smell. Opt for neutral oils instead such as mineral oil, walnut oil, grapeseed oil, linseed oil and beeswax. Simply spread oil on the wooden chopping board and rub oil in using a microfiber cloth. Then, prop up the chopping board and let it set overnight.
6. Can I put my wooden utensils into a dishwasher?
Wooden utensils should not be washed using a dishwasher at all. We know this defeats the purpose of having a dishwasher, but in order for your wooden utensils to last longer, hand washing them is the best.
You might ask, why? A dishwasher soaks items with hot water and dries them at a high temperature. This isn’t suitable for wooden utensils. By suddenly exposing wooden utensils from a very wet environment to a dry environment, it might cause cracks and spilts.
7. Why does my wooden chopping board get mouldy?
You probably didn’t let it dry completely in the sun before storing it. After washing your wooden chopping board, use a dry cloth/paper towel to dap excess water off and let it out in the sun to dry after. Always remember that bacteria breeds in moist environments!
And if your wooden chopping board has signs of mould, cracks or frays on it, it is better to dispose it away.
8. Should I store my wooden chopping board in the drawer or open space?
There is no hard and fast rule to where you should store your wooden chopping board. However, always ensure that it is completely dry and cleaned before storing them in drawers/cabinets to prevent bacteria from growing.
A recent home decor trend has been to display wooden chopping boards against the kitchen backsplash. If you are looking to style your kitchen effortlessly, a wooden cutting board is the perfect kitchen essential (that is also functional!) you can easily add against your backsplash.
Couple it with a potted plant and some home accessories, you can instantly elevate your kitchen!
With your queries regarding clean, caring and maintaining wooden utensils all answered, it is time to relook at how you are caring for them.
Share this with your friends and family and they can too, have their wooden kitchen essentials looking just fine for the longest time! 😉
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