Wood Care Tips

There is no one correct way to care for your EARLYWOOD utensils.  Actually, there are probably as many ways to treat wooden utensils as there are ways to use them, but there are 3 golden rules:

       1.  Wash them by hand

       2.  Do not put them in the dishwasher

       3.  Never let them soak in water

Following the three rules above will prevent your utensils from cracking, which can lead to breakage.  Wood is natural and will change with use.  Even if you follow the three golden rules of wooden utensil maintenance you will see discoloration, fuzz, and or fading.  How you want your utensils to look as they age will determine how you should treat them.

If you want them to look like they did the first time you used them, then…
• Wash them by hand with dish soap
• Frequently rub with a Scotch-Brite pad to remove fuzz and stains
• Never let them soak in water
• Never put them in the dishwasher
• Treat them with your favorite oil (we like mineral oil) after every 5 or 6 uses

If you want them to look used, but not abused then…
• Wash by hand with dish soap
• Rub with a Scotch-Brite pad and treat with oil once every 2 or 3 months
• Never let them soak in water
• Never put them in the dishwasher

If you want them to end up looking like the old beat up, stained, cracked, burned, yet totally awesome wooden spoon that your grandma used for 50 years, then…
• Wash by hand with dish soap
• Never clean with abrasive pads
• Use them like your life depends on it
• Treat them with oil once a year
• Still do not put them in a dishwasher or let them soak in water

Oil:
• Check out our very own Earlywood Oil that works excellent on hardwoods and has a hint of lemon peel oil to kill bacteria, smell great, and help eliminate stubborn cutting board odors (like garlic or onions).