How to Properly Clean and Oil a Wooden Cutting Board

Learn how to keep your wooden cutting board long-lasting with these tips and tricks.

By George Steckel
Jan 11, 2021
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When it comes to choosing the right material for your cutting board, wood should always be the number one choice, over plastic or bamboo. Plastic cutting boards don鈥檛 last that long and have the tendency to make your knives dull.

Wooden cutting boards, on the other hand, won't dull your knives and are extremely durable when cared for properly.

Everyday Maintenance

The key to good cutting board maintenance is managing moisture. Wood is a natural fiber and will absorb water and can warp as that water dries. Therefore, when cleaning a wood cutting board, it is very important to never submerge it in water or use the dishwasher.

For everyday cleaning, using a sponge, wash the board with hot water and soap (on both sides!), and scrub it until any light stains or bits of food are gone.

Dry the board with a towel and then lean it up against a wall to air dry. You never want to place a damp wooden cutting board on a table or counter, as placing it wet directly on a surface will keep it from drying properly.

Removing Stains

No need to worry if your ingredients stain your wooden cutting board (looking at you beets, and tumeric). Similar to cleaning Stainless Clad Pans, baking soda and water will do the trick. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda directly on the surface of the board and then add enough hot water (or half a lemon) to turn it into a paste.

Using a sponge or the half lemon, scrub this mixture into the cutting board until the stains go away, and then rinse the board with soap and water and let it dry.

Applying Mineral Oil

A great way to keep your board protected is to apply oil to the surface. Our favorite is food-grade mineral oil, as it is odorless and tasteless.

Once your board is clean and fully dry, take a cloth or paper towel, dip it in mineral oil and apply the oil to the entire surface of your board. The oil will soak into the wood, which helps keep the wooden cutting board from absorbing moisture. Make sure to wipe off any excess oil.

Allow the board to dry sufficiently, at least overnight. You can repeat this process as you see fit. We recommend doing so once every month, or if the board feels dry.

By keeping your wooden cutting board in great shape, you're ensuring your knives have a top-tier cutting surface and your food is coming into contact with high-grade, well-cleaned wood.