Wood Cutting Board Care & Maintenance
A wood cutting board is one of the most actively used kitchenware items in your home. In order to keep it looking great, and remain a long lasting accessory in your kitchen, it’s important that you give your cutting board the proper care it requires.
Hand wash only – never submerge in water
To avoid bacteria, it’s important that you wash your cutting board immediately after use. Wipe the cutting board with hot soapy water, rinse it with hot water only and just wipe it dry with a clean dish towel. Store in a dry area.
1. Never submerge in water
2. Do not place in dishwasher or in a microwave or in an oven
Disinfect & deodorize using vinegar
We recommend keeping a spray bottle of vinegar handy to disinfect & deodorize your wood cutting board. Acetic acid (white vinegar) is an excellent disinfectant for E. coli, Salmonella and other household bacteria. Spray vinegar on the wood cutting board, let sit for a few minutes and wipe it with a damp warm cloth.
Remove stains & deodorize with baking soda
Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 tablespoons hot water to create a non-toxic cleaning agent. Mix these ingredients together to form a paste, and scrub the entire surface of the cutting board. Finally, wipe it with a warm wet cloth and dry with a dish towel.
Clean with coarse salt & lemon
For an all-natural clean, first try dampening the wood cutting board with a warm cloth and sprinkling coarse salt over it. Cut a lemon in half and scour the cut side of the lemon over the board while slightly squeezing the lemon juice out. Let it stand for five minutes and use a scrub brush to remove the excess.
Wood Cutting Board Oil Options
We recommend treating the board frequently in order to repel food particles and prevent stains and cracks from happening. It’s best to treat the board at least once a month and twice a month if used often.It’s important to make sure that the cutting board is clean and dry before applying any of these oils.
Mineral oil is the most commonly used option because it is a safe and cost effective way to keep your wood cutting board looking great for years. Food safe mineral oil can be purchased at your local drug store or major retailer.
Apply the mineral oil using a clean cloth and spread evenly over the board. Let the oil set in for a few hours, or even let it set overnight if you can. Afterward, wipe the excess oil off using a dry cloth.