How to Care for Your Wood Cutting Board
Wood cutting boards are the most practical and widely-used type of board because they are better for the health of your knife blades and they are also aesthetically pleasing, making them great for entertaining purposes. The cleaning and caring of this specific kind of board is surprisingly easy and can be accomplished with many items you probably already have in your kitchen. A well-cared-for wood board will last you for years.
Wood cutting boards need to be kept clean and daily maintenance consists of a good scrub with hot soapy water after using. Never put your wood cutting boards in the dishwasher and do not soak your boards in water or they'll crack, warp, or split. Make sure to thoroughly dry the board before storing.
Address Stains Quickly
In the event that you stain your board (as you inevitably will), spot cleaning is a must. Create a paste of baking soda, salt, and water, and scrub it on the stained area with a dish towel or brush. Then clean as usual.
To remove mild to moderate odors fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and give your board a generous spritzing. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will evaporate.
You should do a deep cleaning of your wood cutting boards about once a month. For this you will need kosher salt, half a lemon, mineral oil, and a dish towel. Begin by sprinkling the salt on the entire board and use the cut side of the lemon to rub down the entire board. After be sure to wipe any excess salt with the dish towel. Next, squeeze mineral oil all over the board, and rub it into the wood thoroughly. Let the board stand with the oil on it for at least 10 minutes and then wipe off any excess oil.
What happens is oil will soak into the grain of the wood and help nourish it as well as it preserves its natural state. This oiling process can prevent the wood from cracking or changing shape over time. Upon oiling your board, it’s a good idea to treat your board with a wood conditioner, such as a specialized beeswax coating that sits on top of the surface. Oil board once a month or when it appears or feels dry.