Taking Care of Woodware

  1. Washing:

    • Hand wash wood bowls and utensils with warm, soapy water. Avoid using harsh detergents or soaking them for extended periods.
    • Use a soft sponge or cloth to gently clean the surface.
    • If needed, you can use a mild bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) to sanitize the wood, but rinse thoroughly afterward.
  2. Drying:

    • After washing, pat dry the wood bowls and utensils with a clean towel. Avoid air-drying them, as prolonged exposure to moisture can damage the wood.
    • Stand the items upright or prop them at an angle to allow proper air circulation for drying.
    • Ensure they are completely dry before storing or applying any oil.
  3. Applying Oil:

    • Regularly applying oil to wood bowls and utensils helps maintain their moisture balance, prevents drying out, and enhances their natural beauty.
    • Use food-grade mineral oil, walnut oil, or coconut oil for the best results. Avoid oils such as vegetable or olive oil as they can turn rancid over time.
    • Apply a thin coat of oil to the surface using a clean cloth or paper towel. Rub it in gently, covering the entire surface.
    • Allow the oil to penetrate the wood for about 10-15 minutes, then wipe off any excess oil with a clean cloth.
    • Repeat this process every 4-6 weeks or as needed, depending on usage.
  4. Things to Avoid:

    • Do not expose wood bowls and utensils to extreme temperatures, such as direct sunlight, ovens, or microwaves. High heat can cause warping or cracking.
    • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, scrub brushes, or steel wool, as they can scratch or damage the wood surface.
    • Do not soak wood items for prolonged periods, as it can lead to swelling, warping, or splitting.
    • Refrain from using bleach, harsh chemicals, or dishwasher for cleaning, as they can strip away natural oils and damage the wood.