Viola!!!! Baking soda paste cleaned the icky sticky whatever someone applied to this beautiful bowl before I bought it. I believe it may have been vegetable oil because it had become rancid. It was a filmy, white, sticky to the point of sticking to my regular kitchen towel. YUCK!!!!
I will never again doubt the cleaning power of baking soda paste!!!! I will be honest I wasn't sure if I should use it on wood, but I figured what do I have to lose. I just sprinkled it in the bowl, wet my paper towel, and went to town scrubbing.