How to care for your cutting board

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Solid Wood Cutting Board Care and Use

Your board may come with a little oil still wet in some areas, this is normal, wipe any excess oil off with a clean cloth or paper towel. Allow the board to be in an area where it will receive good air flow for at least six (6) to eight (8) hours before storing or using your new board. It is always recommended to wash your cutting board before the first use with mild soap and water and allow to dry.


After Use

Before you have placed anything in your sink or once your sink is clear of other dishes and empty. Rinse your cutting boards top, bottom and sides (ends), then wash your cutting board with mild soap and warm water scrubbing well. Always try to avoid submerging your board in a full sink of water, especially dirty dish water as it can permeate and warp you board, it can also circulate unwanted bacteria back on to the cutting board surface.

The quantity of water and scrubbing is very important in flushing bacteria and other food particles off the board.

After washing your cutting board, dry promptly with a towel and let it air dry standing up or on a raised rack with good air flow.

Option two (2), after rinsing your cutting board, you can spritz your board with white vinegar coating the entire surface. Allow the vinegar to sit for five (5) minutes and wipe off with a clean damp cloth.


Remember: When leaving anything on a board for long periods of time, the cutting board can slowly begin too warp as some products will add moisture, while others will draw out moisture. Consequently, this can damage a cutting board. Always pay close attention to liquids, cleaning products and method used on or with your board.

Stubborn stains or odors: If your board has stubborn stains or has a pungent odor (usually from cutting fish, garlic, onions and other raw meats) gradually sprinkle coarse sea salt or baking soda on to the surface of your board. Then begin to scrub the grain with a halved lemon, juicing the fruit as you go to mix the salt or baking soda with the citric acid. Allow the mixture to settle on the board for at least ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes, longer if the board is particularly musty (it can be left overnight). Wipe off the residue with a clean damp cloth and allow to air dry.

After cleaning your board from stubborn stains, it is always a good idea to condition the board after it has completely dried.




  • Put the cutting board in the dishwasher. The heat and water will warp and splinter the wood and can void warranties from most manufacturers.
  • Submerge or let the board stand in water. The wood will absorb water and potentially warp.
  • Use bleach or alcohol. This will stain the wood and/or excessively dry the wood.
  • Put a wet board flat to dry. If the board dries on one side, it will cause the wood to warp.


Cutting board Maintenance

  • Clean the woodYou want your cutting board to be as clean as possible and thoroughly dry. You can use several methods for cleaning a cutting board, always watch using harmful or unsafe chemicals as these can both damage a board or put your health at risk.
  • Apply oilRecommended Monthly - Using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel, apply the oil in an even layer over the wood. Using oils such as clear mineral oil USP, or board oils and wax products from various suppliers. We do not recommend olive, vegetable or oils that can become rancid.
  • Let it soak inLeave the oil to soak in, overnight if possible, or for at least a few hours.
  • Remove the excess: Using a dry, clean cloth or paper towel, buff off any remaining oil so that the board does not feel damp or sticky.
  • Let the oil harden: Allow the board to harden for 6 - 8 hours in a location that receives plenty of air flow before storing your board. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria that thrive in moisture-rich environments.