All of our cutting and charcuterie boards are handmade from solid hardwoods and are made to last a lifetime if given a little extra care.
First things first -
NEVER SOAK YOUR BOARD OR PUT IT IN THE DISHWASHER
Putting your board in the dishwasher or soaking it will result in the board absorbing water, drying unevenly, and eventually warping and cracking.
If you're worried about stains or odors on the board we'll cover how to take care of those without compromising the lifespan of your wood cutting board.
How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board
These steps will help keep your board clean and looking new.
1. Wash the board with soap and water
There is nothing wrong with giving your cutting boards a good scrub with hot water and plenty of soap. This will help eliminate any bacteria hiding in the board and keep it looking clean. We always try to clean our boards immediately after using them to help prevent odors from working their way into the wood.
2. Disinfect your board
After cleaning with soap and water it can help to disinfect your board with either distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or a bleach/water (2 TBSP bleach to 1 Gal water) solution. I usually do this after working with meats on my cutting boards to ensure no bacteria has been left behind.
Simply wipe the board with the solution and rinse it off with water.
3. Dry your board
I always recommend immediately drying your board with a dry dish towel after washing. Once again this helps prevent water from soaking too far into the wood which can shorter the life of your board.
After wiping dry we recommend drying the boards in a drying rack or propping them up. This allows for air to circulate around the board so it can dry evenly.
Luckily, all of our cutting boards come with feet already attached so these help keep the board elevated for even drying.
Performing periodic care for your board will help keep it looking brand new.
Apply cutting board oil or wood butter
All of our boards are shipped with wood butter applied to the boards. This both gives the wood a nice shine and helps repel water from soaking into the wood. Over time though this finish will wear away which will leave your board looking dull.
We recommend applying a cutting board oil or wood butter to your board every few months. We make our own wood butter my melting 4 parts mineral oil and 1 part organic beeswax although this product can be easily purchased as well.
This mixture can be rubbed onto any of your wooden kitchen utensils or boards and buffed off with a dry rag.
Cutting board oil is another popular solution and can be purchased from any number of retailers.
Removing stains or odors from your board
Anyone who has ever used a wooden cutting board has run into those times when you use the board to cut up onions for dinner and then fruit for breakfast. Inevitably your fruit will take on a distinct oniony flavor which may or may not be a hit in your household.
Luckily, removing stains or odors from wooden cutting boards is an easy process.
Salt + Lemon
Sprinkle a good amount of course salt over the board and scrub the board with half a lemon.
Sprinkle baking soda over your board, dip a still brush or sponge in hot water, and give your board a good scrub.