How to Maintain a Cutting Board

Extending the life of your cutting board is a quick and easy task that will keep your board sanitary and looking new.

  1. Wash your cutting board with mild soap, warm water and scrub well. Make sure to scrub the board down really well to remove any food particles and to flush off any bacteria. 

  2. Dry the cutting board immediately with a towel. Prop your cutting board up or lay on a raised rack and allow to air dry completely. 

  3. Once your cutting board is completely dry apply food-grade mineral oil to the wood. Move in the direction of the grain using a lint-free cloth. Rub the oil into the wood until it no longer absorbs the oil.

  4. Allow the board to rest for a few hours before use or overnight if possible.⁠

Tips for Cleaning Cutting Board:

  • If you cutting board has stains or smells, lets say from onions, you can use kosher salt and half of a lemon. Squeeze some lemon juice on the salt and rub the board with the cut side of the lemon. Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly. 

  • DO NOT put any wood cutting boards into the dishwasher. The heat and water will warp and splinter the wood. Only plastic, glass, or composite cutting boards can go into the dishwasher. 

  • DO NOT bleach, alcohols, or cleaning solvents as these are not safe to come into contact with your food.

  • DO NOT let the cutting board soak or stand in water. The wood will absorb water and potentially warp. 

  • We recommend cleaning and oiling your cutting board once a month. 

Looking for Food-Grade Mineral Oil to start extending the life of your cutting board?

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