This is why your wooden spoon smells funky and how to fix it

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Your wooden spoons are kitchen utensils that should last for years, if not a lifetime. And with regular house cleaning tips and tricks and the best household cleaner, you can properly maintain your wooden spoons, so they don't carry any odors of past meals. It won't cost you a lot of money to maintain your wooden spoons, and with this simple ingredient that you most likely already have in your kitchen, you will know what clean house tip works the best.

If you tasting yesterday’s stir-fry in tonight’s dessert, it may be time to give your wooden kitchen spoons a proper cleaning. These clean house tips for wooden spoons come from Cook’s Illustrated, who tested cleaning techniques for wooden utensils and found that the simple ingredient of natural baking soda eliminated smells most effectively. Baking soda beat out detergent, water, white vinegar, bleach, and a lemon dipped in salt. And the reason is that baking soda is water soluble and is more easily absorbed, which enables it to neutralize the organic acids in the wooden utensils. Another clean house tip for keeping odorous bacteria out of your wooden spoons is by oiling or seasoning them, which will also help them last longer. To oil or season your wooden spoons it is recommended that you preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then wipe the wooden spoons down with some warm olive oil and pop it in the oven for about two to three minutes. Or, soak the wooden spoon in some oil for 24 hours, then wrap in plastic wrap and leave it overnight. Make sure to rinse before using. By seasoning your wooden spoons, it helps to replenish the wood and will help it last longer.

Other wooden spoon house cleaning tips and tricks include, after you cook with your wooden spoon, make sure to wash it in hot, sudsy water quickly after each time you use it. You also want to make sure not to let the wooden spoon sit in the water for too long and let it thoroughly air dry. Whatever you do, never put wooden spoons or any other wood in the dishwasher, advises Martha Stewart, who says she’s had wooden spoons for 20 years that would not have lasted as long as they did, had she washed them in the dishwasher.

You can use baking soda for a variety of house cleaning tips and tricks around the house. The simple ingredient is one of the best household cleaners you have in your cabinets. Next time you chop something pungent, and the smell is lingering, such as fish or garlic, try using baking soda. To avoid the smell scrub your wet hands with some baking soda, use as if it were soap, then rinse in some warm water. Your hands will smell fresh and feel soft too. Use baking soda as a clean house tips for removing odors out of the dishwasher. Put a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and then run it on a rinse cycle. If the smell persists, sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher to sit there between loads. There's no need to rinse it out before running the next load. Use baking soda to help make your microwave sparkle. If you have a lot of gunk baked onto the walls of your microwave, then try putting some water and a few tablespoons of baking soda into a glass container. Then microwave on high for about three minutes. Use a damp sponge to wipe off all the loosened dirt and grime. You will find these wooden spoons cleaning tips on the Reader's Digest site. ON the site you will find other house cleaning tips and tricks, food ideas, advice, true stories, games and more. **

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