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Got Bamboo Kitchenware or Utensils? Here’s How to Take Care of Them

Here at Machika, we are big fans of eco-friendly products. Being environmentally conscious is more than just a trend. As the planet accumulates more waste, it is more important than ever to minimize our carbon footprint and pollution. With that in mind, we offer a full line of Machika bamboo products for those that want natural renewable materials and want to help the environment. Not only is bamboo great for the environment, but it may also be healthier. For example, while cutting veggies or meat on a plastic cutting board, you cannot avoid microplastics. Researchers have found that microplastics are present in every plastic product and eventually find their way into our body.

Why Use Bamboo Utensils or Cookware?

Dried bamboo stalks ready for use in countryside.

However, bamboo with no plastic treatment will lower the amount of microplastic you ingest. When designing our products, we strive to make them with the most natural and safe materials possible. Therefore, most of our products have bamboo on them. Bamboo is a durable and sustainable resource that is biodegradable and antimicrobial. Its non-porous composition makes it one of the best materials for kitchen products. Here are a few tips and tricks to maintain your bamboo products, looking naturally beautiful. Beyond being potentially safer than plastic utensils and equipment, bamboo is:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Biodegradable
  • Non-toxic
  • Highly renewable
  • Affordable and durable

How to Take Care of Bamboo Products

If you have ever owned bamboo products, then like me, you have probably made a couple mistakes in caring for your wooden items. For example, while many people may just throw it in the dishwasher, this is terrible for bamboo. Unlike steel or dishwasher safe plastics, wood does not handle high moisture or heat very well. Dishwashers typically go through cycles that involve scalding water and strong detergents. The drying process also evaporates a lot of water that creates a very humid environment inside the washer. The moisture and heat can and will eventually damage your wood. The bamboo fibers will split and warp. The best way to ensure your bamboo last is to first learn how to thoroughly clean it.

Cleaning Bamboo Kitchenware and Accessories

Extending your bamboo’ life is quite simple if you keep a couple things in mind. Always hand-wash your bamboo products with dish soap. Rinse it very well and let it air-dry before putting them away. Avoid putting your products in the dishwasher. The heat and intensity of the water/detergent will, in the long run, warp or crack your bamboo. If possible, dry with a rag instead. Essentially, you want to avoid as much extended exposure to water and humidity as possible. The longer your bamboo products are wet, the more time moisture has to work its way inside the wood. If you notice warping soon after purchase, then you are probably not keeping your bamboo dry enough. You can even take it to the next level and leave your bamboo items covered in a cloth to keep moisture away.

Treating Bamboo Wood in the Kitchen

Bamboo dumpling cookware in kitchen.

Another step towards increasing the longevity of your bamboo wood kitchenware, cookware, or accessories is to oil it. Oiling a product's surface is nothing new. Many metal pots and pans requiring seasoning or oil to avoid rust. Oil protects the surface of bamboo by making it difficult for water and oxygen to get deteriorate the surface. For bamboo, you can buy some bamboo oil! Once a month, lubricate your bamboo products to keep them looking shiny and new.

Oil is one of the best ways to preserve your bamboo items as dish soap will remove oils from the wood and make it easier to damage. Some alternatives are coconut oil, food-grade mineral oil, and beeswax. Watch out for harmful chemicals or non-food safe oils. After all, your food will touch with the wood. As we mentioned before, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial. This means there is no need for harsh cleaning products.

After all the cleaning and treating is done, storing your bamboo comes next. You will want to avoid high moisture areas like a dry rack. If possible, just dry your bamboo as soon as possible instead. Afterwards, place it somewhere cool and dry. With that, you are done cleaning and treating your bamboo.

How Not to Care for Bamboo

Beyond avoiding the dishwasher, there are other things to avoid when dealing with bamboo. For one, do not let your bamboo products soak in water for long periods of time. Unlike other kitchenware and cookware, soaking is not beneficial. In fact, all it does is increase the chances of water damage. It only takes a day to notice issues with your bamboo if you soak it. The wood may seem like it has taken on a bit of water and warp. The water will soften the wood and make it easier to damage. You can instead gently scrape off any food or dirt before cleaning with water and soap. Natural soap or diluted soap will work perfectly fine. Stronger concentrated soap may damage the protective coating of your bamboo.

You will also want to steer clear of harsh bleaches. These harmful chemicals will make your bamboo dry out too much and may leave some residue that gets into your food. If you think your bamboo products need serious cleaning, try some salt! Sprinkle it on the surface and scrub with half a lemon. This will act as a defoliator and will remove all dirty particles. Then rinse with water and let dry.

Shop Bamboo Kitchenware and Accessories at Machika Today!

Bamboo has revolutionized things like construction and kitchenware in many places throughout the world. Not only is the plant great for making products, but it is also doesn’t require tons of additional treatment. Metals need to be mined and refined and treated to be useful. Bamboo requires very little care and processing to get to your table. This saves on resources and lowers the impact it has on the environment. Bamboo is so easy to grow that it is even used to construct entire gardens in both warm and cold climates. While you may not think bamboo as a long-lasting investment, even untreated bamboo can last years. Bamboo utensils and cookware are also very affordable, so replacements are inexpensive.

Switching to bamboo utensils is one of the best long-term investment you could make in the kitchen. Bamboo is extremely durable so you can cut, chop and serve without a single worry. It is affordable and will make your kitchen look stunning. There are no downsides to bamboo. Take care of it and it will last you a lifetime. If you are looking to live a healthier life and lower your environmental impact, then bamboo is the way to go. You can begin the switch to bamboo today by buying one of our Machika Bamboo line products.

So, join the bamboo revolution with us!

Ronald 13/11/2020

Wow, really should switch to more bamboo kitchen stuff. Healthier and better for the environment? Sign me up!

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