There are plenty of kitchen gadgets and shortcuts these days but the trusty wooden spoon has remained a cooking staple for a reason. Unlike plastic and metal, wood has natural antibacterial properties which makes it perfect for cooking. The wood can naturally fight infections, bacteria and mould.

However, if they're not cleaned properly, they don't always stand the test of time and can absorb bacteria.

Wooden spoons are also susceptible to staining, being burnt, breaking, warping and becoming crusty over time.

Rather than replacing wooden spoons, homeowners can instead deep clean them using natural solutions like white vinegar and baking soda.

Sue Caldwell, managing director of the multi-award-winning, eco-friendly cleaning brand Clean Living International, has exclusively shared with Express.co.uk her eco-friendly cleaning hack for deep-cleaning wooden spoons.

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Sue said: "Wooden spoons are known for soaking up bacteria, but baking soda and white distilled vinegar are fantastic natural cleaners.

"Baking soda acts as a great cleaning agent as it is a mild alkali, which dissolves grime and grease.

"While the vinegar will neutralise odours and fight bacteria that the spoon might have absorbed."

The cleaning expert also shared her exact method using white vinegar and baking soda to clean wooden spoons.

She said: "Simply add equal parts of vinegar with boiling water and a teaspoon or two of baking soda, pop your spoons in, and leave to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

"We recommend doing so once a month to give them a deep clean."

To see how well the cleaning hack works, Express.co.uk tested out the hack.

I used Stardrops White Vinegar Spray which costs 99p from Asda and Duzzit Baking Soda from Savers for £1.29.

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White vinegar can also be bought for £1.50 from Wilko and £1 from The Range. Baking soda can also be bought from Tesco for 59p.

To clean the wooden spoons, we put them in a glass, heat-proof measuring jug with boiling water, around half a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda.

The wooden spoons were put in the measuring jug for 20 minutes and left to soak.

The water in the measuring jug became discoloured and cloudy and slightly oily as the spoons soaked.

After soaking, we carefully tipped away the water and gave the spoons a thorough rinse.

The wooden spoons smelled cleaner and looked less stained than before they were soaked in the solution.

The spoons were left to air dry on a tea towel before being put away in the drawer.

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