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A TikToker has revealed just how much dirt is hiding in many people's wooden utensils, showing fellow users an easy trick to clean them.
TikTok user @miss.clean.with.me posted a video of the cleaning method in action, writing in the caption: "I was not prepared for this. TikTok teaches me so much!"
In the clip, the 20-year-old student teacher places a seemingly-clean wooden spoon in an empty glass, before filling it up with boiling water from the kettle.
As she leaves the spoon, fat and dirt from the wood begins to seep out into the water, which becomes visibly murky.
After giving it a shake, she removes the spoon from the glass, leaving large pieces of residue floating around in the glass.
Many other users were equally horrified to see the amount of grime that came out of the spoon, with some swearing they'd be sticking to metal utensils from now on.
One said: "I've just been sick."
Another commented: "I'm not doing this to my years old wooden spoons. I don't wanna know."
A third wrote: "This is why I don't like cooking with wood."
The same spoon-cleaning hack was also shared on Facebook last year by a mum in Australia, having first heard about it through MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston.
In the 'Mums Who Cook, Clean and Organise - Australia' Facebook group, she wrote: "This one is going into the bin. A tip I learned from Matt Preston years ago.
"Does anyone soak their wooden spoons in boiling water?
"Mine always go into the dishwasher every night but that doesn't stop what gets absorbed."
She'd originally seen the method from Preston, who previously told Delicious in 2016: "On the surface a perfect present but stick an old one in a cup of boiling water to see what fate awaits all wooden spoons.
"Give it a sniff. Phew, stinky! And you were going to stir your custard with that.
"Ask for a $10 silicon spatula instead. They're hygienic, heat-resistant and flexible, so they are great for getting into the corner of a pan or getting every last skerrick out of a bowl."
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