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4 Easy Tips on How to Care for Your Wooden Kitchen Utensils

January 01, 2022

A cute toddler covered in jelly from eating it off of a handmade wood spoon

4 Easy Tips on How to Care for Your Wooden Kitchen Utensils

You cooked a big dinner of your favorite recipes for your family and friends. Of course, your treasured handmade wooden utensils were an important part of the food prep, serving and making the day special. A good time was had by all. Now it’s time to clean up. How do you care for your wooden utensils properly so they can last for many years, if not generations? 

Follow these 4 easy tips on how to care for your wooden utensils:

  1. Never put your wooden utensils in the dishwasher. While the saying may go “never say never,” this is one time that it makes sense to use it. The detergent, heat and soaking water in the dishwasher may be great for conquering the rest of your dinner mess. But it’s a no-no for your wooden utensils. It will cause them to crack and warp and generally ruin the finish!
  2. Wash them by hand with soap and warm water. It only takes a minute to clean your wooden utensils in the sink with a little dish soap and warm water. Use any sponge or gentle scrubber and do it before the food is dried on. Avoid having to soak them. Soaking is the enemy.
  3. Towel dry. Pat down your wooden utensils with a clean soft towel, then let them air dry before putting them away. Better yet, don’t put them away. Display your beautiful utensils out on the counter so you can enjoy them in between meal prep and let them get some fresh air. If any odors remain, we find that a quick rub down with a slice of lemon works wonders.
  4. Oil your utensils once a month. Depending on how often you use them, give your wooden utensils a rub down with some food grade mineral oil about once a month. We use a clean dry towel to rub it in. In addition to preserving your wooden utensils, it will also help to keep food from sticking to them.

Better yet...try our Original Fabulous Spoon Butta and Carving Board Conditioner. It’s made from the perfect combination of natural ingredients to keep your wooden utensils at their best. 


A jar of wooden spoon butter resting in the middle of two handmade wooden utensils


Whether you're working with wooden spoons, spatulas, forks, cutting boards, serving platters or other wooden kitchen utensils, you can make sure they remain beautiful and useful in your kitchen for many years. Follow our easy tips and they can even last for generations to become treasured family heirlooms.

Check out our collection of unique handmade wooden utensils. They're hand carved by Artisans from wood that is sustainably harvested from local land. In a variety of woods, including urban wood, wild cherry and black walnut, these spoons, spatulas and other utensils will be a joy to use and you'll love finding new uses for them every day. They also make memorable gifts for your favorite chef.

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