We Have Been Cleaning Our Wooden Spoons Wrong This Whole Time

When it comes to kitchen cleanliness, I think it's safe to say that's something we all care deeply about — as we should — I personally prefer to not have food poisoning all the time.

We all know to rinse our hands after handling raw chicken, and we all know to not mix uncooked protein with cooked protein (thank you, Gordon Ramsay) but did you know you might not have been washing your wood spoons correctly?

Here's an obvious statement — kitchen utensils are incredibly important to a well functioning kitchen.

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And while I know I couldn't live without my garlic press or metal whisk, there is another kitchen utensil that is essential but often neglected...

the wooden spoon!

Wooden spoons are a must-have for anyone using non-stick or cast-iron pots and pans.

We're trying not to damage our cheap kitchen wears from Target, okay?

However, a simple soap and hot water rinse is not enough to clean our beloved utensil!

We know it's bad to place wooden utensils in the dishwasher because they totally strip the wood of its natural oils.

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What is a home cook left to do?

What could possibly solve this problem?

Well, friends — today is your lucky day!

In a TikTok trend going viral, an Australian woman is showing the importance of properly washing your wooden spoons.

In the video, Chantel Mila tested out former MasterChef judge Matt Preston's cleaning method of soaking used wooden spoons in a cup of boiling water.

The trick involves placing said wooden utensils into the boiling water for 20 minutes. Doesn't sound like much, does it?

Oh just wait, my friends! It's about to get all kinds of nasty.

The result? A cup of OILY WATER!

As it turns out, the hack was created five years ago by Matt Preston to help home cooks determine whether or not it's time to trash their wooden spoon.

"On the surface a perfect present but stick an old one in a cup of boiling water to see what fate awaits all wooden spoons. Give it a sniff. Phew, stinky" Matt said in an article for Delicious.

"And you were going to stir your custard with that!" he added..

"Ask for a $10 silicon spatula instead.," he suggested.

"They're hygienic, heat-resistant and flexible, so they are great for getting into the corner of a pan or getting every last skerrick out of a bowl."

But hey, at least we're worried about cleaning our spoons at all, right?

I'm sure we've all witnessed someone use the same utensil when dealing with raw meat and cooked meat, with no rinsing in between.

If you thought Chantel's video was gross, I suggest you don't Google this hack.

The amount of dirty, greasy, spoon water videos I have watched since writing this article is enough to make anyone's stomach turn.

Have you ever heard of this hack? Will you be trying it out yourself?

Or are you too scared to see what lies beneath your spoons, like me?

Let us know in the comments below!