Caring for Wooden Utensils + DIY Wax

I prefer wooden utensils to anything else. I like to keep a natural kitchen as best as I can. I prefer our wooden spoons, wooden cutting boards and wooden handled knives but as I’m sure you know, that beautiful wood can dry out and fade. Causing cracking and damage.

While I’m guilty of not always taking the best care of my wooden utensils in the past, I’ve decided that if I’d like to keep these things around as long as I can, that I better start taking proper care of them.

Why I prefer wooden utensils:

They’re long lasting, strong, natural, & sanitary. They don’t scratch pans, they don’t heat to scalding temperatures. They don’t melt, or leach chemicals into hot food, and they look nice.

Here are a few favourites to shop online:

Caring for Wooden Utensils: 

It’s important to not let wood soak for too long. It can swell and crack. The dishwasher also isn’t recommended. (Also guilty and paid the price)

the heat from the dishwasher can (and more than likely will) crack the wood.

The best way to keep spoons clean is to wash with hot soapy water soon after use and dry thoroughly before storing. After washing, I dry mine as best I can with a towel and then lay them out until they’re dry, then I store them in crocks on the counter. Some people prefer to hang dry.

If they’re really bad you can use a paste of lemon and baking soda to scrub in with a scouring pad, this will help sanitize and get rid of any odors. Rubbing a slice of lemon alone will also help combat any food stains and smells.

When the wood starts looking faded and dry it’s asking for some moisture. It’s important to keep wood hydrated so it doesn’t crack as easily.

I decided to make a natural hydrating wax to properly care for our wooden utensils and thought I would share here with you too. (This can be used on cutting boards as well)

There’s two ways to do this. Coconut oil alone or a mix of coconut oil and beeswax. A lot of people suggest Linseed Oil but I’ve got coconut oil on hand and many people use that too. You can even take it up a notch and add some vitamin e oil to the mix.

I’m going to use a mix of both for ours but use more oil to wax since it’s mostly hydration these need. The wax will act as a hardening agent too though, and further protect the wood.

What you’ll need;

  • 1 part beeswax (1tsp)
  • 4 parts coconut oil. (4 tsp)
  • 1 tsp vitamin e oil (optional)
  • A container to store your mix in
  • A pan on the stove or microwave safe dish
  • A dry, lint free rag


Combine ingredients in a pan, warm on low heat, stir often, until melted.


Combine ingredients in microwave safe dish. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted.


Once melted, remove from heat. Pour into a container of your choosing and leave it to set.

Using a dry, lint free rag, apply to wooden utensils, allow it to sink in. If any is left on the surface once dried, buff off with the rag.

I laid out the spoons on a black dish towel because I didn’t want the oils all over everything else. (My rags always look terrifying because I use them for all of my furniture projects but I assure you they are clean.)

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Have a fabulous day! ❤


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