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How to Clean and Care for Vintage Wooden Spoons and Utensils

Tips for cleaning and caring for vintage wooden spoons and utensils

vintage wooden spoons and utensils with vintage cooper kitchen utensils

Hello, friends! Are you a fan of wooden spoons and utensils? I love them and scored a collection of several nice ones at a recent estate sale. They were a little dirty and needing some cleaning and TLC. Today I'm sharing how I cleaned and care for them as part of this month's Thrifty Style Team challenge. 



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My friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate hosts this fun challenge every month and the team consists of a talented group of home bloggers. We share ideas for using thrift store finds, freebies, second-hand items, or things that you might have around the house. You'll see projects and tips from everyone at the bottom of this post.

wooden spoons and utensils in stoneware crock and pitcher

I love wooden spoons and utensils occasionally find them at thrift stores or estate sales. I always give them a good cleaning before using them and I'm sharing my tips for that in today's post. I buy new ones sometimes too and just got 2 beautiful ones for myself from a local maker as a birthday present. I shared them on my Instagram stories, so you might have seen them there. 

collection of vintage wooden spoons and kitchen utensils


How to Clean Wooden Spoons and Utensils

Wash with hot soapy water


Always clean your wooden spoons right after you use them. You can wash your wooden spoons and utensils with mild hot soapy water. 

vintage wooden utensils in warm soapy water

Rinse them completely when you're finished washing them, then pat them dry with a soft cloth. Allow them to air dry completely before putting them away. 

How to remove stains:

Soak the spoon(s) in vinegar for about 5 minutes, then add boiling water. Let it sit in the vinegar and water mixture for 5 minutes. Wipe with a soft cloth and the stain should come out.

How to salvage a burnt wooden spoon:

Using a fine sandpaper, sand off the burned area of the spoon or utensil. Wash the spoon to remove any sanding dust and allow to dry completely. Apply a coat of mineral oil.

How to remove odors or flavors:

If your spoons have lingering flavors or odors, slice a lemon in half and rub it over the spoons. Allow them to air dry. 

Caring for your wooden spoons and utensils


vintage wooden kitchen utensils on vintage kitchen linen

Your wooden spoons may dry out occasionally and you can make them last longer by applying mineral oil once a month. Here's an easy way to keep them in good shape so they'll last for years.

  • Apply mineral oil with a soft cloth
  • Allow it to soak in for a few minutes
  • Wipe of any excess that's still on the surface. 

Mineral oil is food safe and is ideal for wooden utensils and cutting boards, as well as wooden salad bowls and trays. A bottle of it will last you for years. Don't use olive oil or vegetable oil because they can turn rancid over time and cause your spoons to smell bad. 

Note - you can care for your wooden cutting boards and salad bowls with these same techniques.


vintage wooden kitchen utensils and preserved boxwood topiary


Pros and Cons of Using Wooden Spoons and Utensils:

Pros:

  • Made from natural materials
  • No plastics or potentially harmful chemicals
  • Supports artisan/small business if purchased from the maker
  • Doesn't harm non-stick cookware
  • Can last for years if taken care of properly
  • Available in many interesting shapes and sizes
  • You can find them used and clean them up

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Can absorb odors and stains
  • Can be expensive 
  • If not taken care of properly, they can harbor bacteria

preserved boxwood topiary and vintage wooden spoons in white stoneware pitcher
These items are found in my online shop here: 

shop for handmade wooden spoons



shop for vintage wooden kitchen spoons and utensils



See my past Thrifty Style Team posts here:


Here's a peek at this month's Thrifty Style Team posts:


See all of this month's projects and tips on these blogs:

Redhead Can Decorate - DIY Rainbow Rocks
The Painted Hinge - Repurposed Oil Lamp Vase
DIY Beautify - Thrifty Summer Citrus Tablescape
Postcards From The Ridge - How to Clean and Care for Vintage Wooden Spoons and Utensils
The How To Home - Shabby Chic Tablecloth Ideas
The Tattered Pew - DIY Cane IKEA Vase
Sweet Pea - DIY Wood Burned Plant Markers
What Meegan Makes - Design Your Own Rock Tower Garden Art
Salvaged Living - Thrift Store Candlestick Makeover
I Should Be Mopping The Floor - Polka Dot No-Sew Curtains


vintage wooden kitchen utensils



13 comments

  1. This was really helpful Angie! Love your collection!

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  2. You have a nice collection of wooden kitchen utensils. I love the look of wooden utensils in my kitchen and I prefer to cook with them over plastic or metal. Thanks for these great tips for keeping them in good condition.

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    1. Thanks, Paula! I love the look too and much prefer wooden utensils over anything else. They last forever if taken care of properly!

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  3. I'm very glad to have seen this post. I need to do this with my collection. Pinned!

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    1. Hi Cindy, I'm so glad you found it helpful. Thanks for pinning!

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  4. I'm so glad you posted this, Angie. I have a few wooden utensils that I need to care for. I appreciate your knowledge, tips and tricks.

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    1. Thanks, Meegan! They're easy to care for and can last for many years!

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  5. We have a lot of wooden spoons and utensils so I appreciate these great tips to take care of them! Thanks!

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  6. Great set of utensils! I may need to try using them again. Thanks for the tips.

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  7. Thanks for the helpful tip. Mine ended up as paint stirrers because I could not clean them up.

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  8. Such great tips, Angie! They're much appreciated. I, too, buy wooden spoons and rolling pins at estate sales and will definitely put these tips into play. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

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  9. LOVE this post. I have a lot of vintage woodenware and I am always wondering if I am caring for them properly. Thanks for these tips!

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