Household Tips: Keeping Your Kitchen Tools On Point , 0 Comments

We all know that, when building a home, the kitchen is always the most expensive room to build. So it should come as no surprise that quality kitchen utensils also cost a pretty penny. Living a healthy lifestyle often means going with the traditional, tried-and-tested options for kitchen tools (at least until all those new coatings & chemicals are sufficiently studied!), and while I have always been a huge fan of cast-iron pots and pans, the other material for cooking utensils that I love is good old wood. I'm partial to teak cutting boards and bamboo spoons/spatulas, but these items often require a little more work to keep them in tip-top shape (after all, nobody wants splinters!). The best way to keep your wooden kitchen incidentals smooth and waterproofed is to give them a good scrub every 2 weeks. To do this, all you'll need is my super-simple kitchen scourer. It only calls for two ingredients: lemons, and table salt!

Before you start scratching away, take your wooden cooking tools and make sure you've washed off all residual food and oils. I recommend dropping them into a soap soak for a few minutes to soften them up before scrubbing. Simply stopper up your sink, and fill it with enough water to completely cover your things. Next, add a dash or two of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Pure Castile Soap (the peppermint-scented one is really great for covering up kitchen odors and keeping your cooking space, and dishes, smelling squeaky clean). Froth the water up a bit to mix the soap well, and then drop your wooden components in. Don't let them soak for longer than 5 minutes! Drain the sink, and rinse everything under warm water. Next, slice a few lemons in half (the amount of lemons you'll need will depend on how many things you're scouring). Once they're cut, take your knife and poke it gently through all the little sections to really release the juices (lemons have natural antibacterial properties, so don't worry about germs... they'll be effectively nixed). Pour about a tablespoon of table salt directly onto the exposed lemon half, and then press it (salt side down) onto the item you're looking to clean, and scrub away! 

The lemon juice, mixing with the salt, will create a smooth, antibacterial surface on your wooden items. If you feel as though an item needs more salt, go ahead and pour some more on (switch out your lemon halves when you can no longer get a few drops of juice with an easy squeeze). After your things have been polished to your idea of perfection, let them sit in the lemon-salt mixture for about a minute before rinsing them off with cool water. Allow your things to dry on a rack, and then store them away for their next use. You'll find that this method of upkeep will increase the longevity of use for your wooden minutia, and keep them super smooth! 

- Maria Vasyivna