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TikTokers are rethinking their utensil choices after a viral video revealed the grossness hidden inside a wooden spoon.
Bonnie McNamara, who’s on TikTok as @miss.clean.with.me, stuck her spoon in a glass, poured hot water over it, and filmed as the water turned brown and pieces of previously-embedded food floated to the surface.
Based on the comments, TikTok users were both amused and mildly horrified by what they saw in McNamara’s video.
“Sometimes I like to remain ignorant. This is one of those times,” one user wrote.
“I’m not doing this to my years old wooden spoons. I don’t wanna know,” another said. “It boosts my immune system.”
“Well, there goes my seasoning,” one of the top comments said.
In case you, like many of the commenters, are now put off wooden spoons for good, a cleaning expert has an easy solution: switch to silicone spatulas.
McNamara told Insider this was her first time trying to clean the spoon by pouring hot water over it
McNamara, a student based in the UK, frequently shares cleaning videos on her TikTok page.
“I feel like I remember seeing the hack on Facebook years ago but never got around to it and after making a curry one day decided to see what would happen,” she told Insider.
McNamara added that she “couldn’t believe everything that came out” of the spoon (which was “gross and oily” from all the cooking) after it came in contact with the boiling water. After some research, she switched to using silicone spatulas to cook.
Kelly Doran, of Mrs. D’s Cleaning Reviews, agrees with McNamara’s decision to switch to silicone from wood.
“I highly recommend using a silicone spatula instead of using a wooden spoon,” Doran told Insider. “They’re hygienic, heat-resistant, and flexible, so they are great for getting into the corner of a pan easier.”
“Plus silicone [is] a non-absorbing material, so it won’t harbor any germs or bacteria,” she added.
If you’re going to stick with wooden spoons, Doran recommends regularly cleaning them
As gross as McNamara’s video was, you don’t need to immediately toss out all your wooden spoons. Just make sure you’re cleaning them thoroughly.
Doran told Insider that the best way to make sure a wooden spoon is clean is to rinse it as soon as you’re done using it, not allowing it to sit and absorb food, liquid, and odors — and keep it out of the dishwasher.
“Once you’re ready to clean it, all you need to do is use warm water and mild dish soap,” she said. “When you have finished washing it, dry with a clean kitchen towel and leave to air dry.”
Additionally, Doran recommends sprinkling some salt over the wooden spoon and then rubbing it with half a lemon to get rid of any particularly stubborn stains.
While McNamara’s viral video involves soaking the cooking utensil in water, Doran said it’s best not to use this method for longer than 20 minutes.
“Soaking it for a long time will break down the quality and strength of the wood. Always soak a wooden spoon in clean water, not dishwater,” she said.
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