Wooden Bowl Care

2 minute read
March 26, 2024

When it comes to finishing my wooden bowls, I keep it simple yet effective. For bowls used with food, like those for salads or snacks, I go for a mix of beeswax and boiled linseed oil. This combo not only keeps things food-safe but also brings out the wood's natural beauty. After the first wash, which will remove the beeswax, the bowl starts getting a nice patina as the oils from your food blend in, giving it a rich, lived-in look.

To keep things in good shape, I recommend washing the bowl with mild soap and drying it off well after each use. It's best to avoid tossing it in the dishwasher or hitting it with boiling water to prevent any damage. If it starts looking a bit dry, a bit more food-safe oil perks it right up.

For the decorative bowls that are more for show, I might use a variation of furniture oil instead. It does the same job of protecting the wood and making it look good, but without worrying about food safety. These bowls also develop a nice patina over time, adding to their charm. It's a good idea to give them a fresh coat of furniture polish every week for the first few months to keep them looking their best. After that, a monthly application should do the trick to maintain their shine and protect the wood for the long haul.

The bottom line? Whether it's for serving up snacks or just sitting pretty on a shelf, each bowl is made to be enjoyed and used, bringing a touch of warmth and style wherever it goes.