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Old 11-14-2011, 04:36 AM   #1
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How can I clean my wooden pestle?

Hi friends,
I just bought a marble mortar with a wooden pestle in Liguria, and I used them to make a garlic sauce.
Now the mortar is ok, while the pestle smells of garlic like hell!
Anyone knows how to get rid of this? I think I'll start bathing it in some soap.

Thanks everyone

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:47 AM   #2
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I would try lemon juice, fresh air, sunshine.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:52 AM   #3
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I would try lemon juice, fresh air, sunshine.
I just squeezed a lemon in a bowl of hot water, then "inserted" the head of the pestle in the squeezed lemon and put the pestle/lemon assembly in the water.
Waiting for the outcome, thank you Aunt Bea
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:01 AM   #4
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I would just rub the cut lemon on it and let it dry.

In the future don't use a lemon just for this. Wait until you are using a lemon for some other reason and rub it on before you throw it out.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:07 AM   #5
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Yes, actually I used a leftover lemon I found in my fridge. I'm very wise on this matters: I don't like to waste anything, like my old blessed grandmas!!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:12 AM   #6
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Soak in a paste of baking (bicarbonate) soda powder and water.
Then let paste dry on pestle and bush off.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:28 AM   #7
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mild vinegar and water works too.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:15 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone, now I can use my pestle for quite anything!
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:20 AM   #9
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Yes, actually I used a leftover lemon I found in my fridge. I'm very wise on this matters: I don't like to waste anything, like my old blessed grandmas!!!
I have half a lemon with no zest in my refrigerator right now.
I may need to purchase a wooden pestle so it doesn't go to waste
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:33 PM   #10
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I have half a lemon with no zest in my refrigerator right now.
I may need to purchase a wooden pestle so it doesn't go to waste


Ok, after the lemon treatment, I went for the baking soda powder. Time to wash it, let's hope it worked!
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