Eco Tip #7 - Caring for your Bamboo Products
We learnt that in the previous post that Bamboo is a strong, fast growing and very sustainable material that has been used for many years now for various purposes especially in the production of Eco-friendly products.
Bamboo is playing a major role in our fight against plastic waste, providing a great alternative but it sometimes demands a little more care so we are going to provide you with tips on how to take care of it, hopefully giving you the best experience possible.
· To start with, one the biggest things to avoid is the use of the dishwasher, a little Hand-wash with hot water and mild dish soap is the best option for cleaning. This is because the high water temperatures in the dishwasher can dry them out and lead to cracks in the bamboo.
· Pat down the freshly washed bamboo utensils with a clean dishtowel, then allow them to air-dry completely before putting them away. By doing this it will reduce chances of moisture damage, just like any other wooden product, it is important to dry completely before storing. And it is recommended to store in a dry and aerated place.
· Sometimes the bamboo cutlery can absorb odors from strong flavors like garlic or oil and could transfer the odor and flavors to other foods. To reduce the smell, it can be scrubbed using a cut side of a halved lemon or with a paste made out of baking soda and water. This will help neutralize the odor.
· If your utensils start to look dry or don't feel super smooth, periodically rub them with mineral oil or a beeswax compound. Don't use food-based oil like vegetable or olive oil, since these types of oils can go rancid. By applying gently some oil on the bamboo handles it can reduce the appearance of moisture overtime.
With these tips, your bamboo utensils should last a longer time.
· Rinse with water after use as you would do with a normal toothbrush. If you've brushed hard enough to bend any bristles, you can straighten them back into place with your fingers.
· Once rinsed, we recommend patting down using a dry towel/cloth. Removing the water left on the brush will help it dry quicker, preventing water damage.
· The ONLY thing you need to do differently when using a bamboo toothbrush is let it dry after using it! Whilst bamboo has natural antibacterial properties, it's not impenetrable like plastic, but if you help it to dry properly it'll last just as long as your old plastic toothbrush.
· Replace as needed - With proper use, a biodegradable toothbrush can last just as long as the plastic ones. But The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, or more often if the bristles have frayed.
Hopefully you enjoy these little tips, let us know if you have anything you would like to share or add.
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