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Should You Be Boiling Your Wooden Spoons To Clean Them?
By Angel Albring
Everyone has a unique approach to cleaning their kitchen, and a dishwasher can make the process a breeze. However, it’s important to remember that not every kitchen item can take the hot water temperatures of the dishwasher, and when it comes to wooden spoons, using scalding water may be a mistake.
Although boiling water can kill bacteria, you should not boil wooden spoons or other wooden kitchen items, like cutting boards, since hot water can seep into the wood and make it swell, creating cracks for bacteria to inhabit. That is why it’s best to hand-wash all wooden kitchen tools in warm water with mild soap.
If you aren’t able to scrape stuck-on food off of wooden utensils, you can create a paste by mixing equal parts baking soda and water and let the mixture sit on the affected area for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a gentle scrub brush or a clean cloth to scrub the item, always scrubbing in the direction of the wood's grain.