Here are some tips on how to clean and maintain your wooden bowls.
Cleaning Wooden Bowls
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to remove food or debris from the bowl.
- Avoid using harsh detergents or abrasive sponges, as these can strip away the natural oils from the wood and leave behind scratches.
- If the bowl is dirty, use warm water and mild dish soap to clean it gently. Then, rinse the bowl thoroughly and dry it with a soft cloth.
- To remove stains or odours, you can try using a paste made from baking soda and water. First, rub the paste onto the affected area, then rinse and dry the bowl.
- If the bowl has a hard-to-reach area, such as the inside of a large salad bowl, you can use a bottle brush or a toothbrush to scrub it clean.
Proper Care for Your Wooden Bowls
All the bowls I make are treated with a food-safe drying or polymerizing oil, such as walnut, tung, or linseed oil. When applied, the oil soaks into the wood, bringing out the grain and protecting the wood.
- If the wood starts to look dull, coating it with a fresh layer of oil will improve your bowl’s appearance.
- As previously mentioned, walnut, linseed, or Tung oil works well. Rub the oil into the wood using a lint-free cloth and leave the bowl to dry for a week before using it.
- Avoid using olive oil or other non-drying oils, which can go rancid and leave an unpleasant smell behind.
- Keep your wooden bowls away from heat sources and direct sunlight when storing them. This will help to prevent the wood from warping or cracking.
- If you have a stack of wooden bowls, you can use small pieces of felt or cork to keep them from scratching each other.
- Do not let your bowls soak in water for a long time. The wood can soak up moisture which may cause your bowl to crack.
Repairing Wooden Bowls
- If your wooden bowl becomes damaged, it may be possible to repair it with little effort.
- Small cracks or chips can often be filled with wood filler and sanded smooth.
- If the bowl has developed deep cracks or is starting to split, it may be best to leave the repair to a professional.
- To prevent further damage, handle your wooden bowls carefully and avoid using them for cutting or chopping.
In conclusion, it is easy to clean and maintain your wooden bowls. It requires a bit of extra effort, but keeping these beautiful and functional pieces in good condition is worth it. With some care, your wooden bowls can last for many years.