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Old 02-19-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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Cleaning wooden spoons

I can honestly say I have never had this problem beforee, I am ghoping some one can help me!

In my rental appt I got an IKEA start kit and put most of the stuff provided in the flat away, bar one or two things, in cluding two wooden spoons. With the one I got in the IKEA kit that gives me three, but I really mainly used the IKEA one, and had the others for emergencies.

The other dasy I went to grab one of the spares, and it was covered in yukky white mould, which I put down to part of the mould problem we have here, and found anoher, clean utensil, wached the wooden spoon and thought no more of it.

The next day I had more time so I emptied the utensil drawer, cleaned it out and washed all the utensils and put them away much later when everything was dry. Then, the next day TWO of the wooden spoons had the white mould on them. I have removed the old spoons and put them in a plastic bag and in a cupboard with all the other provided stuff and put it out of my mind, but today I went to get my wooden spoon, and, you've guessed it more of this mould. none of the other utensils appear effected, but I have washed them all and the drawer again, just in case.

Is it possible to clean the spoon/spoons to a usable condition again? I am wary of washing and using while they "look" clean incase there are horrid spores on them? I always hand wash wood, but here its acaademic, as I have no dishwasher! I tried boiling them in the spegetti pot, but agaibn, the mould was back next day.

I am only using hat water and washing up liquid, would consider something more but I am obviously thinking that the wood will absorb and hold on to what ever its cleaned with.

Any ideas?

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Old 02-19-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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use the cheapest Chlorox bleach you find and make a 50/50 soln with plain water and soak the things in it for an hour or 2.
No longer as the wood will eventualy split.
the chlorox breaks down to plain salt and is harmless, don`t use the expensive stuff with the thickening gels and scents added :(
Hydrogen Peroxide it also good.

if you do any deep fat frying, don`t be afraid to use them to stir or mix with either, the intense heat and oils will cease any microbial activity in an instant! :)
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:36 AM   #3
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OK, will try right now YT, thank you....

and the bleach will come out well enough, you think?
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:37 AM   #4
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yup, bleach them critters
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:39 AM   #5
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LOL. ok here goes......

plop, ....

there - they are soaking now!
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:40 AM   #6
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Lulu, chuck those ones and buy new ones. Then you can wash the new ones the way YT suggests. ICK! What a nasty experience!
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CSalt, if it`s the really cheap bleach, all will be good.
it only contains roughly 5% Sodium Hypochlorate (NaOCl), that breaks down to nothing harmful in ANY way :)
same with Hydrogen Peroxide (medical), that turns into water and Oxygen, it`s the Oxygen concentration the little beasties don`t like :)

again tho, don`t soak too long, I did that once (over night) and my wooden spoon looked like a demented Fork next morning :)
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:51 AM   #8
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Alix, its a big problem here....My designer shoes ar all being packed of to DH's office because the mould attcks them too....its a pain having to think a weekend in advance what shoes I might want to wear, lol.

I'm soaking them, I'll see how it goes!
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:06 PM   #9
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Talking

Ewwwww! I`ve been involved in a Chat around Designer Shoes!
I feel so Violated and Dirty now!

how dare you inflict this Girly nonsense upon me AFTER I help you out! Arrrrrgggggh....
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:11 PM   #10
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I've completely given up on wooden spoons. Switched to long-handle bamboo "paddles" instead. They don't absorb food &/or water as much, if at all, like wooden spoons do, are easy to clean, & dry quickly & completely.
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