How to Sanitize Vintage Wood Utensils

Flea markets and antique stores abound with beautifully crafted vintage wooden kitchen implements, like the lovely wooden rolling pin BigBadBarl found. But how do you get antique wooden kitchen utensils clean enough to feel comfortable using them?

Wiping the surface with hydrogen peroxide works well for organic materials like wood, Sid Post says. Still, wooden tools will never be as thoroughly sanitized as ones made from nonporous materials like metal or tempered glass. If a wooden utensil has no metal parts that could react, soaking it in a diluted bleach solution for a few minutes in a well-ventilated area helps, wekick says. You could also place it in a 250-degree-Fahrenheit oven for five minutes, then turn off the heat and let it cool in the oven, wekick says.

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