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Mine have a silicone liner, but how do you clean the dribbles etc off of your wooden mold? I'm concerned that scrubbing with soap and water will warp the wood over time?
 

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I scrape the excess off with a straight edge and then I wipe clean with water...as the soap is already there on the mold.

I should say, I never immerse my mold in water, just wipe down with a damp cloth.
 

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I let the soap dry on the wooden mold, scrape it off with a plastic putty knife and then scrub off any remaining reside with a dry scrubbie. I do spray down wooden molds now and then with water, but only in the summer when I can air dry them outside in the wind and sun. So far, no warping. :)
 

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I also scrape off the soap dribbles (of which there were QUITE a few due to all the wall pours for this month's challenge).

Every now and then, I rub down the wood with a coat of food-grade mineral oil, like one would use for a wooden cutting board. That helps prevent future dribbles from soaking into the wood and causing problems later.
 

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I also scrape off the soap dribbles (of which there were QUITE a few due to all the wall pours for this month's challenge).

Every now and then, I rub down the wood with a coat of food-grade mineral oil, like one would use for a wooden cutting board. That helps prevent future dribbles from soaking into the wood and causing problems later.
This is a great idea! Question - why food grade?
 

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This is a great idea! Question - why food grade?
Because I don't know if non-food grade might have contaminants that might affect the soap in any way. Probably over-cautious, but that's me. :)
 

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I just scrape mime clean. As careful as I try to be I spill a bit every time.
 

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I wipe the spilled wet soap off the edges of the wooden mold before it dries. I would scrape when dry if necessary, but it has not been.
 

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Scrape, wipe down with with a damp cloth and air dry. I would NEVER immerse a wood mold in water.
 
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