How to clean and care for your wooden spoons and utensils.

There are several reasons why we like to use wooden kitchen utensils, despite the availability of other materials such as plastic, metal, and silicone.

Natural Material

Wooden spoons and utensils are made from a natural material that is renewable and biodegradable. We prefer the look and feel of wood in our kitchen, as it creates a warm and natural ambiance. Although wooden spoons absorb liquid, wood has natural anti-bacterial properties 


Wooden spoons and utensils are versatile and can be used for a variety of cooking tasks, from stirring and mixing to scraping and flipping. They are gentle on cookware and won’t scratch or damage non-stick surfaces.


Wood is a non-reactive material, meaning it won’t react with acidic or alkaline foods and won’t impart any unwanted flavours to your dishes.


When properly cared for, wooden spoons and utensils can last for years, making them a cost-effective choice for chefs and home cooks alike.


Wooden spoons have an attractive and unique appearance, which can add to the presentation of a dish.

Overall, wooden utensils are a traditional choice that many of us continue to prefer due to their natural beauty, versatility, and functionality in the kitchen.

How to clean and care for your wooden spoons and utensils.
A set of salad servers hand carved by Jacob Bøgelund

Wooden spoons are a common kitchen tool, and they can last a long time if properly cared for. Here are seven tips on how to clean and care for your wooden spoons and utensils.

1. Hand wash

Wooden spoons should always be washed by hand with warm, soapy water. Do not put them in the dishwasher, as the high heat and detergents can damage the natural qualities of the wood.

3. Dry

After washing, dry your wooden spoons immediately with a clean towel. Avoid letting them air dry, as this can cause the wood to warp or crack.

4. Oil regularly

Wooden spoons can benefit from being oiled regularly to keep them from drying out and cracking. Food-grade mineral oil, beeswax or drying oils like linseed or tung oil can be used for this purpose. Apply a small amount of oil or wax to a clean cloth, and rub it into the wood in a circular motion. Let the oil or wax soak in for a few hours or overnight before wiping off any excess. Don’t use olive oil or other vegetable oils to oil your wooden spoons as they go rancid. Read more about how to oil wooden spoons using linseed oil here.

5. Avoid soaking

Wooden spoons should not be left to soak in water for extended periods of time, as this can cause the wood to expand and warp. Additionally, soaking wooden spoons can cause them to lose their natural oils, which help to protect and preserve the wood. If your spoon becomes stained or dirty, wash it as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting in.

6. Store properly

Store your wooden spoons in a dry, cool place away from moisture. Exposure to extreme temperatures can cause the wood to expand or contract, which can lead to cracks or warping. Keep your wooden spoons away from heat sources such as stoves, ovens, and direct sunlight.

7. Remove mold

If you notice any mold on your wooden utensils, you can use a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to remove it. Dip a clean cloth in the solution, wring it out, and then wipe the affected area. Allow the utensil to dry completely before using it again.

By following these tips on how to care for wooden spoons, you can keep your wooden spoons and kitchen utensils in great condition for years to come.

Butter spreaders hand carved by Jacob Bøgelund

Images: Jacob Bøgelund
Featured image: Gaelle Marcel

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