When you are looking for an alternative to hard wood, plastic and metal utensils, why not consider using bamboo utensils? Bamboo utensils usually provide a lightweight, attractive appearance and are stronger than wood utensils. Also, bamboo will not mark non-stick cookware and are simple to care for just like wood and plastic utensils. Below are several advantages that you can get when you use bamboo utensils.

The first advantage is what I call the environmental factor. Typically, bamboo grows at a faster rate compared to wood and can be replaced easily. Just imagine an entire forest that can be regenerated in three to five years. More so, if you shift to bamboo products, you can help in reducing the stress on the world's forests. Isn't that reason enough?

Another advantage is its strength. While bamboo is actually a grass, still it can be as strong as steel. Utensils made of bamboo can last very long and are much more durable than wood and plastic utensils.

In addition, utensils made of bamboo are 100 percent biodegradable. Bamboo utensils are ideal especially for campers and hikers because they are super light and some of them come in their own colorful case, which makes them easy to find when dinner time arrives.

When it comes to health and safety, bamboo products can be grown and harvested without the use of pesticides, which is not the case for wooden products.

Finally, these products are very light and so easy to clean. Also, they are water resistant, do not stain and do not absorb odors.

Of course after buying, you might be wondering how you can keep your bamboo utensils looking nice. It's pretty simple. Just by hand cleaning them as needed is enough. At the same time, as long as you habitually avoid putting them in the dishwasher (because the heat and rough detergents are too much for these kinds of utensils) and give them right after-care, bamboo utensils can really last a long time. Below are three detailed instructions on how you can clean bamboo utensils.

First step is to wash your forks, knives, and spoons, in hot, soapy water (but don't forget to put rubber gloves especially if the water is very hot). You can use mild dish soap and a clean cloth to clean away food particles.

Second step is to lightly wash the bamboo utensils under warm water. Make sure you dry the utensils with a clean cloth, as well as you can, and then stand them up in your dish drainer to finish drying.

And third step is to oil your bamboo after cleaning if it begins to somewhat look or feel dry. Now, oiling your bamboo is not really complicated, you can apply some drops of olive oil or canola oil to a clean cloth and then rub it all over the utensils. Of course, you have to add more oil especially if these bamboo utensils are dried out.

Source by Jack Flanders