How to restore old, dry wood bowls

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How to restore old, dry wood bowls
Wooden bowls can become dry with use and age. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Wooden bowls need a protective coating to prevent them from drying out and cracking. While functional, wooden bowls must be cared for properly to prevent damage. Placing your wooden bowl in the dishwasher, excessive sunlight, microwave or oven can cause the bowl to dry out. Fortunately, you can repair the dry condition of a wood bowl by applying a protective coating that will soak into the wood and restore its appearance. To keep your bowl looking its best with frequent use, complete this task once every three or four months.

Things you need

  • Sink basin with stopper or dishpan
  • Warm water
  • 1/2 tsp mild washing up liquid
  • 2 non-abrasive sponges
  • Clean dish towel
  • 2 tbsp mineral oil
  • Small container
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Fill a sink basin or a dishpan with warm water and 1/2 tsp of mild washing up liquid.

  2. 2

    Dip a non-abrasive sponge into the water and thoroughly clean the bowl's surfaces.

  3. 3

    Rinse the bowl under warm running water to remove all of the soap residue. Dry with a clean dish towel.

  4. 4

    Pour 2 tbsp of mineral oil in a small container. Dip a clean, non-abrasive sponge in the oil.

  5. 5

    Coat all surfaces of the dry wood bowl with the mineral oil. Place the bowl in a dust-free area overnight to allow the oil to soak into the wood. Wipe the bowl with paper towels to remove excess oil.

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