In the latest viral TikTok cleaning hack trend, creators are teaching viewers how to “revive” their wooden spoons. After placing the utensil in a bowl of boiling water and bicarbonate of soda, the audience is encouraged to sit and wait for the murky fibres to float to the surface. According to one expert, this cleaning hack is doing “more harm than good”.
Deyan Dimitrov, cleaning expert and CEO of Laundryheap, explained: “In reality, this hack is detrimental to the lifespan of your spoon; instead of prolonging it, the contrary occurs for several reasons.
“When wood is exposed to high heat and moisture, it can fray, warp and eventually crack.
“A bit like when you put a bottle of water in the freezer and the lid explodes to make room for expansion, extreme heat will not help the longevity of your wooden spoon.
“Unfortunately, like chalk and cheese, sitting water and bacteria are a perfect match.
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“To future proof your spoon, try oiling it – this is a quick and easy way to repel water, making your spoon sparkle and shine.
“Make sure your spoons are completely clean and dry before oiling.
“I would advise giving them a quick scrub with lemon and salt to make sure they’re completely disinfected.
“Next, opt for mineral oil – feel free to leave this on your spoons overnight, and give them a quick wipe in the morning before they resume their cooking duties.”