Natural saman or acacia wood bowls, also called monkey pod bowls, come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. The woods offer natural density, which helps to combat staining. Both types of wood are hardwoods that have a resinous texture. A little cleaning care will make the pod bowl last for many years so that it can be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.

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A slice of fresh lemon will remove odors from a wood pod bowl.

Step 1

Wipe the wood pod bowl immediately after use. Be careful to remove all food particles that may dry onto and ruin the finish of the wood.

Step 2

Wash the wood pod bowl by hand using a mild dish detergent and lukewarm water. Dry the pod bowl with a hand towel and then allow it to air dry completely before putting the bowl away.

Step 3

Mix 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach with 1 quart of lukewarm water to remove any stains. Pod wood bowls rarely stain, but berries or other acidic substances may leave a discoloration. Wipe the area with a damp cloth dipped in the solution. Rinse the bowl completely with warm water after the the stain is removed. Dry the bowl with a towel and then allow it to further air dry before putting it away.

Step 4

Coat the wood with a food-grade mineral oil (paraffin), walnut oil or simple vegetable oil occasionally to help the wood retain its clean appearance and texture, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Dip a rag in the oil and lightly rub the oil into the wood using a circular motion.