Here are some natural ways to clean wooden utensils without using chemical detergents, using natural ingredients effective against bacteria and food residues.

1. white vinegar

White vinegar is a powerful natural antibacterial and disinfectant agent and is effective for cleaning and degreasing wooden utensils.


  • Fill a container with equal parts water and white vinegar.
  • Soak the spoon in the solution for around 30 minutes.
  • Gently scrub the spoon with a soft bristle brush or sponge.
  • Rinse well under running water and dry thoroughly.

2. baking soda

Baking soda is known for its antibacterial properties and can help eliminate unpleasant odors from wooden utensils.


  • Create a dense paste by mixing baking soda with water.
  • Spread this paste over the surface of the spoon and leave it to work for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean the spoon, concentrating on the dirtiest areas.
  • Rinse well and dry thoroughly.

3. lemon juice

Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and can help remove stains and bacteria from wooden utensils.


  • Squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon into a bowl.
  • Soak a clean cloth in the lemon juice and rub the spoon thoroughly.
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water and dry completely.

4. coarse salt

Coarse salt is abrasive and can help remove stains and residues from wooden utensils.


  • Sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the spoon.
  • Use a halved lemon or damp cloth to rub the salt into the spoon in circular motions.
  • Rinse well and dry thoroughly.

5. tea tree essential oil

Tea tree essential oil is known for its antibacterial properties and is useful for disinfecting wooden utensils.


  • Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to a small amount of water.
  • Soak a cloth in the mixture and clean the spoon.
  • Leave to air dry.

6. regular maintenance

Always dry wooden utensils immediately after washing to avoid the build-up of moisture and bacteria.
Avoid leaving utensils to soak for long periods, as this may damage the wood.
Repeat these natural treatments periodically to keep your wooden utensils clean and bacteria-free.