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Wooden spoons are our bestsellers. It requires a bit of care to stay in top shape. Here are five common problems you might come across, plus how to fix them.
Problem 1 – Food Stains
Solution: You used your wooden spoon to make curry, and now it’s yellow from turmeric. Sprinkle coarse salt onto the spoon, squeeze lemon juice over the salt, and rub the mixture around with a clean cloth. If the stain persists, repeat the above using baking soda and lemon juice instead. Rinse and dry immediately. For really tough stains, your best bet may be to sand off the discoloration. Start with coarse- or medium-grit sandpaper and work up to a finer grit until you have a smooth surface.
Problem 2 – Food Smell
Solution: Soak the spoon in an equal-part vinegar-water solution for five to ten minutes. If the odor persists, apply a paste of baking soda and lemon juice, and let sit for half an hour before removing. Rinse and clean wooden spoons and dry them immediately.
Problem 3 – Dried Food
Solution: Rinse the spoon immediately after use with cool water until the food comes off, and then clean the wood spoon per usual. And be sure the spoon is properly seasoned—food will be much less likely to stick to it.
Problem 4 – Spoon “Fuzz”
Solution: Over time, the grain of the wood will rise from moisture, causing the spoon to feel “fuzzy.” Sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper or steel wool until the surface is completely smooth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Problem 5 – General Care Tips
Solution: Handwash spoons with mild soap and warm water. Dry with a towel instead of letting them air dry, as residual moisture may be absorbed into the wood and cause them to swell and crack over time. The condition with wood butter or mineral oil once a month.