From the chopping board to the wooden spoon or spatula, the kitchen utensils made of wood need special attention when you clean them. See how to clean and disinfect them rapidly.
Wash and disinfect
Wood, especially the handcrafted one, has a porous surface, with chips that allow the accumulation of bacteria, fungi and other dangerous germs.
To be sure you clean them properly, don’t wash them superficially under running water or in the dishwasher.
Use rubber gloves and rub strongly the joints and curves, using a good dish soap and a sponge or a brush.
Disinfect with chlorine
To be sure you don’t infect food with harmful bacteria or fungi that can attack your internal organs, you must often disinfect wooden kitchenware.
The easiest and convenient way to get rid of germs gathered on the chopping board or the wooden spoon is to make a solution of one part chlorine and 20 parts water. Leave the wooden kitchen utensils in this solution (entirely covered by liquid) for about an hour.
Wash the utensils with dish soap and warm water and leave them to soak in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes to remove the smell of chlorine.
Rinse well with warm water and let them dry in the sunlight, on all sides.
Get rid of the unpleasant odors
As the chopper is used almost every time you cook, to chop various aliments, as fruits, vegetables, fish, sausage, garlic or onions, it is likely to be impregnated with various scents. Therefore it is not enough to simply wash it with warm water and detergent. You must follow a few secrets:
– Use a solution of salt, baking soda and water to get rid of stains; apply this solution on the surface of chopper, leave a few minutes to act, then rub vigorously with a towel.
– It is known that lemon has multiple uses, and in terms of cleanliness are among the housewives favorite ingredients. Sprinkle some salt over the cutting board, cut the lemon into two halves and rub the wood surface with it. Leave the mixture to act overnight and then clean with a damp sponge. This method will also help you get rid of unpleasant odors.
Take care of the wooden kitchen utensils
Lubricate them, from time to time, with a few drops of mineral oil such as coconut oil or almond oil, to prevent the wood to dry out and crack. Do not use vegetable oil like sunflower oil or olive oil, because they grow rancid easily.