If you are reading this blog post, you might have already bought your teakwood kitchenware or are thinking of getting some!
Many of you probably understand how teakwood kitchenware is non-toxic, more premium and longer-lasting than other types of materials.
But can your teakwood utensils and homeware last forever?
While teakwood is very durable, frequent use can still result in wear and tear over time.
BUT these wear and tear can actually be reversed, and you can easily restore your teakwood utensils and kitchenware in 5 minutes.
So yes, they can actually last you for decades (which means you actually save money as you don’t need to replace them for a long time)!
Here are some ways you can care for your teakwood kitchenware to make them almost look brand new again even after months and years of usage!
1. Ugly stains or foul odour? Get rid of them using natural household ingredients
Stains or lingering smells on your woodware are pretty common, especially if you’re cooking with ingredients like garlic, vinegar or food colouring.
This is because wood is porous, and the colour and smell of food can easily seep into your utensils.
But it’s actually pretty easy to get rid of these stains and odours.
Simply pour salt over them and scrub them with a halved lemon to remove stains.
To eliminate any foul odour, use baking soda and water to make a thick paste, before applying it to the bad-smelling utensils and scrubbing them with a halved lemon.
This will make your utensils smell fresh again!
2. Use sandpaper to get rid of unpleasant scratches
It can be tough to avoid scratches on some teakwood kitchenware, such as cutting boards.
The same goes for bowls or plates, especially if you use them with stainless steel cutleries.
But don’t worry, these scratches don’t have to be permanent!
Yes, you can get rid of these scratches easily and quickly by simply sanding them with sandpaper (which you can buy easily from Mr DIY or other hardware stores).
After sanding, rinse away the wood dust gently.
Your utensils and kitchenware will look as good as new in no time!
3. Wood discolouration after many washes? Restore them to brand new with food-grade beeswax or natural oil
Even the priciest teakwood utensils will surely discolour over time and lose their golden brown hue.
But do you know that this discolouration can be easily reversed?
Yes, you don’t need to throw away your teakwood wares – they are supposed to last you (and still look new) for decades!
Simply apply a layer of food-grade beeswax or natural oil to your discoloured kitchenware or utensils and leave them to dry for a day.
Doing so will restore them to their natural golden brown colour – they would look brand new again and ready for use!
4. Don’t place them in the microwave
Teakwood is a relatively strong material and can take high heat.
But this doesn’t mean that they are suitable to be placed in the microwave. Doing so can cause your wooden kitchenware to catch fire!
They may also crack or shrink!
It’s also best to avoid putting them in other violent appliances like dishwashers as it could cause a reduction in shelf life.
5. Be gentle! Don’t scrub them with hard materials
Teakwood may be strong, but there are stronger materials out there that could easily damage your precious teakwood wares.
For example, the metal scrub that’s commonly found in many households.
Excessively scrubbing with a metal scrub will result in scratches or even cracks in your wooden kitchenware!
If you need to get rid of any food residue, simply soak your kitchenware with soap and water until the residue has softened, before rinsing it off with a soft sponge.
Try not to use the scratchy side of the sponge and be gentle!
Teakwood kitchenware can last for decades with just 5 mins of care
Though teakwood utensils are known to be extremely durable and long-lasting, they still require some care to extend their shelf life.
However, the best part is, it doesn’t take much time, effort or money to shower your utensils and kitchenware with love!
With just 5 minutes of care occasionally, they can last decades (so you don’t even need to spend money to replace them in years)!