How to Restore Old Dry Wood Salad Bowls
30 July 04

Although most of them can be restored to their former glory, they are cautious and the wooden bowl continues indefinitely. For centuries, it was easy for them to find antique shops or thrift stores, although these were not always at their best. Whether family members send you a piece or something that happened to your local store, you can easily restore an old, dry wooden bowl.


Initial Restoration


Apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to a clean cloth and apply it to a wooden bowl. Wait two to three minutes for the solution to kill any bacteria.


Fill the sink with warm water and dishwashing detergent. Immerse the bowl in water and wipe it clean with a scrub or scrub sponge, inside and outside. Do not soak the bowl in water. Rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water and wipe as dry as possible with a kitchen towel. Allow the rest of the bowl to dry for at least one hour.


Check the bowl for stains. Cut the lemon in half and sprinkle the cut portion with coarse sea salt. Scrub traces with lemon and salt and add more salt as needed. Rinse and dry the bowl.


Apply food-grade mineral oils both inside and outside the bowl. Let the bowl sit overnight, then apply a layer of oil and allow it to sit down. Repeat this process two or three times, or until the bowl no longer absorbs more oil. Wipe the excess with a soft cloth and polish with a circular movement to make the bowl light.

Take care of the wooden bowl


Dry the wooden bowl immediately after cleaning. Do not soak the bowl in water or place it in a damp place. Wood is porous, and letting it wet can cause it to split.


If you use a bowl daily, apply a thin layer of olive oil or mineral oil to the bowl using a soft cloth every week. If you use it only on special occasions, use it sparingly. If the wood is very old, apply oil after each wash. Each month, a layer of food-grade mineral oil is applied to keep the wood moist.


Place the bowl away from windows or excess sunlight to avoid bleaching or drying the wood.

What you will need

*cleaning cloth

*3% hydrogen peroxide

*Dishwashing detergent

*Frosted brush

*Scrub sponge

*sea salt


*Food grade mineral oil

*olive oil


Unless the bowl is purely for decoration, never use anything other than edible oils or food-grade conditioning oils.