Bamboo tableware is a perfect eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic and paper products. However, caring for bamboo can be a bit different from caring for regular tableware.
Washing your bamboo tableware
Bamboo is not dishwasher safe, and it can’t withstand high temperatures. So, when it’s time to clean your bamboo tableware, it’s best to hand-wash them with warm, soapy water. Plus, to avoid scratching the surface, you should wash them with a soft sponge or cloth.
Don’t forget that our plates and bowls have a removable silicone suction base. To make sure you’re cleaning them properly, simply pop the base off and hand wash separately. Once fully dry, you can easily fix the base back onto the bamboo before your next meal.
After washing, leave your plates out in the air until fully dry before putting them away. Moisture can cause mold and mildew to form on the plates, which can be difficult to remove. Store them in a dry place away from direct sunlight, keeping the suction base detached until use to give the bamboo a chance to breathe.
What to avoid
With regular plates, you may often find that it’s easier to leave them to soak in the sink before washing to help lift any stubborn food. However, you don’t need to worry about this with bamboo, as it’s naturally stain resistant and easy to clean. In fact, soaking your bamboo tableware is likely to cause more harm than good. Prolonged periods in hot water can cause the bamboo to warp and break, so it’s best to wash them immediately after use and avoid leaving them in the water for too long.
Bamboo also can’t withstand extremely hot or cold temperatures. Avoid exposure to direct heat sources such as ovens, microwaves, and stovetops. Also, avoid putting hot food or liquids on the plates as it may cause them to crack or warp. Similarly, you shouldn’t use it in a steriliser – to find out more about sterilising your bamboo tableware, check out our blog.
To keep your bamboo plates looking new and lasting longer, we recommend using coconut oil. Every one to three months, simply apply a small amount of coconut oil on a soft cloth or piece of kitchen paper and rub it onto the bamboo.
Once coated, leave to dry overnight. The oil will help protect the plates from drying out and cracking, and also gives the bamboo a nice shine.
By following these simple care tips, you can extend the lifespan of your bamboo tableware and continue to enjoy their benefits for years to come. Remember to hand-wash them, store them dry, avoid extreme temperatures, and use coconut oil to keep them looking new.
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