Do not put the utensil in a dishwasher
Putting a utensil with a wooden handle—even if it’s a knife—in the dishwasher is a death sentence. Exposing it to so much abuse, moisture and temperature changes will cause the handle to shrink and/or swell, meaning your product will get blemishes or even worse, cracks may start to form.
Do not soak it
If there’s grime stuck on the utensil, don’t even consider soaking it in water. Wooden handles can become water damaged.
Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
Leaving the utensil on the countertop in the direct sun all day is not a suggested way of storage. It’s important to store any utensils with wooden handles in dry and cool areas. Excessive heat can cause the handle to dry out.
Depending on the use, at least once a year, you should aim to give your wooden handles a thorough oiling. There are many different wood oils in stores, but some people simply prefer to use olive oil or mineral oil. If you also have a wooden cutting board, the same butcher block conditioner can also be used on wooden utensil handles. Doing this consistently keeps the handle healthy.
Wash and dry by hand after use
Even though you shouldn’t soak a utensil or put it in a dishwasher, you should still wash the handle often. When you do clean the utensil, wash it by hand and dry it off quickly.