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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.

George Steckel|Jan 11, 2021

When it comes to choosing the right material for your cutting board, wood should always be the number one choice, rather than plastic. Plastic cutting boards don’t last that long and have the tendency

to make your knives

dull. Wooden cutting boards, on the other hand, are aesthetically pleasing, won’t dull your knives, and are extremely durable, especially when you follow some key steps.

Everyday Maintenance

When cleaning a wood cutting board, it is very important to never submerge it in water or use the dishwasher. The key to caring for any wooden cutting board or butcher block is to avoid the wood soaking up too much moisture. For everyday cleaning, using a sponge, wash the board with hot water and soap, and scrub it until any light stains or bits of food are gone. Be sure to wash both sides of the board.

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 good amount of baking soda directly on the surface of the board and then add enough hot water to turn it into a paste. Using a sponge, 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.

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