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How To Clean a Mortar and Pestle

After you know how to clean a mortar and pestle, you can keep it in excellent condition for years. Just follow a few easy steps.
Active Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins


  • Hot water
  • Rice


  • Rinse loose debris and liquid with the hottest water possible.
  • Use the pestle to grind dry white rice into a fine powder inside the bowl.
  • After removing the rice powder, rinse with hot water again and air dry.


Once you know the basic how to clean a mortar and pestle, make sure to take note of the extra material-specific tips:
  • Wash glass pestles and mortars with soapy water instead.
  • Don’t use soap on porous pestles and mortars.
  • Re-season wooden pestles and mortars several times a year with food-grade mineral oil.