Caring for your wooden ware - salad bowls, cutting boards, spoons and utensils - is simple. Wash by hand for the best results. Towel dry. Apply butcher block oil when the wood looks dry or feels rough to the touch, and its that simple.
Here are the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. If you have others, please feel free to email. We are always happy to talk about how best to care for wood products and how to use our wood rub and preserver.
How Do I Care for a New Wood Bowl?
Wash in warm, not hot, soap free water using a mild dishwashing detergent. Towel dry. Apply a light coating of food quality (FDA approved) mineral oil. Let absorb into the wood for 5 -20 minutes or so and gently rub off the excess using a lint free cloth or microfiber.
A brand new bowl may want to be treated with butcher block oil every week or so for a month. About once a month thereafter depending on use.
We do NOT recommend using olive oil or other fine oils, no matter the quality. Over time, there is a danger of yucky build up or of the cooking oils going rancid, but more importantly we like the moisturizing and protective properties of mineral oil and beeswax best.
How Do I Remove Stains from Bowl?
To clean and remove stains, apply salt to the stain and rub with a cut lemon or lime using a damp sponge or Scotch Brite pad. Lemon and lime also cleans and disinfects.
How Do I Deep Clean My Bowl?
To clean and disinfect wooden bowls, apply a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) using a clean cloth and let stand for 5 minutes. Wash and towel dry.
If your bowl feels sticky to the touch, wash it in hot, soapy water and use the abrasive side of a sponge, kitchen brush or Scotch Brite pad to scrub away at the dirt and oily residue. Also try a paste of salt and lemon juice.
How Do I Remove Sticky Build Up?If you have stubborn built-up residue, after washing and scrubbing your woodenware with a kitchen brush or Scotch Brite pad, let dry completely. Then, following the grain of the wood, use a fine sandpaper or fine - medium steel wool pad, lightly apply pressure to the area needing cleaning. Apply more pressure as needed as you go along, but lightly feather the edges of the cleaned area to blend into the untreated area of the wood. Only sand the entire item if you must.
How Do I Remove Scratches?If you are removing scratches from a bowl, do consider that the “scars” of honest use and everyday wear and tear add character! Start with a medium grit sandpaper, try to follow the grain of the wood and sand the scratched area, being careful not to go too deeply into the wood. Move to a lighter grade sandpaper, medium steel wool pad and lastly to a fine steel wood pad (00, 0 or 1). For a superfine finish, use a Scotch Brite pad.
CautionsBeware standing water and bright light! Do not let bowls sit in water, do not clean in the dishwasher and do not let wet ingredients sit in the wood overnight. Water will over-moisturize bowls and this can lead to splintering or splitting along the grain.
Direct sunlight will dry out and may also lighten wood. Wood is best stored in a cool, dry cupboard or on a shelf or counter away from bright light.