Adorning your kitchen with wooden bowls, spoons and salad tongs can give the room a natural and organic feel. On the other hand, it'll be a dead giveaway that you're not in a serene forest when your woodenware makes your kitchen smell like the dinner it helped spoon out -- it seems unlikely that chicken a la king or beef stew occur anywhere in nature.
Because wood is so porous, woodenware can be hard to clean, but it doesn't have to be. Get rid of odors on wooden bowls, wooden salad utensils and wooden cutting boards by simply rubbing the surface with the cut side of a lemon. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Adapted from "101 Old-Time Country Household Hints," © 2008 Publications International, Ltd.