How To Clean & Care For Your Bamboo
Since bamboo is actually a strong grass-not a wood, and is a natural resource, washing and taking care of these utensils are similar to taking care of wooden utensils. However, don't get the two confused! Compare the differences here! You can keep your bamboo utensils looking nice and new by cleaning them and conditioning them as needed.
It's always STRONGLY recommended that you DO NOT wash bamboo in the dishwasher - the harsh detergents and heat is way too much for our bamboo kitchen friends.
Some Items To Have On Hand:
Dish Soap (Get pH Balanced Dish Soap)
Cloths for drying
Food Grade Mineral Oil or Bamboo oil
Use a regular mild dish soap or a pH balanced soap, and wash your bamboo utensils in soapy hot water. Use a cleaning cloth to scrub away stuck on food particles. (Get an EcoFriendly REUSABLE Cloth)
Rinse your bamboo utensils in warm water. Pat-Dry the utensils with a clean cloth to the best of your ability, then stand them up right in your dish dryer/drainer to complete the drying process.
If your bamboo utensils start to look or feel dry, re-hydrate them with mineral oil, or bamboo conditioning oil (found in most kitchen supply stores). To use the oil, apply several drops to a clean cloth and rub all over your utensil. Repeat this process if necessary. Let the utensil cure for a day or two before using again.
If possible, rinse your bamboo utensils right after use to prevent food from getting stuck on
Use your nail or the dull side of a knife to scrape off stuck on food
Try to not let your bamboo sit in water for an extended amount of time (i.e. left in a bowl of water/at the bottom of the sink) this may cause your utensil life to shorten
Set aside a separate crock, or area for dirty bamboo utensils
Avoid cooking raw eggs and raw meat - if you must, washing your utensils in a bleach solution is recommended (about 1 teaspoon of liquid bleach per quart of water, 5mL per liter). Rinse thoroughly afterwards.
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- Gabriella De Luca