Asked on Jun 25, 2018

What do I use to remove the “stickiness “ from my butcher block?

by C
I use it to both roll out cookie and pie dough but also slide my hot baked cookies to cool onto it. But over time it has gotten sticky from the old oils soaking into the wood. It has to be safe to eat from due to my food prep. I did use mineral oil on it to season the wood years ago and will again but not til I can remove stickiness.

  5 answers
  • Eloise Eloise on Jun 26, 2018

    I've had good results with sticky kitchen surfaces using Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser All Purpose Cleaner. It's food safe and non-toxic. Amazon sells it:

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Feb 21, 2019

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  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Feb 21, 2019

    Step 1: Clean Butcher BlockUsing hot, soapy water and a scrubby sponge or brush, thoroughly clean the surface of your butcher block. Make sure all stuck-on food particles are removed, and rinse well with hot water.Step 2: Sanitize with VinegarNext, rinse the butcher block with white vinegar. If you keep a vinegar-water solution in a spray bottle for general cleaning, just grab it and spritz the butcher block all over. Allow the vinegar to sit while you complete step three.Step 3: Make Lemon-Salt MixturePour about 1/4 cup salt into a bowl, and stir in enough lemon juice to make a paste. It’s not an exact science – adjust the consistency as you go, to make a workable paste.Step 4: Final Deodorizing and SanitizingUsing a scrub brush, thoroughly scrub your butcher block with the lemon-salt paste. This will remove odors and bleach out stains. If the paste gets too dry, sprinkle on a little more lemon juice. Rinse well, and squeegee off as much water as you can, and allow the butcher block to dry. I like to clean my butcher block right before bedtime, then let it dry overnight. The next morning, I make sure to seal it before I get it dirty again!Step 5: Seal with OilPour out a small amount of oil, and rub it into the wood using a cloth or paper towel. As the oil soaks in, add more and continue rubbing and polishing with the grain until the oil is absorbed. Don’t forget the edges! The first time you seal your butcher block, it may take several applications before it stops “drinking” oil, but in later cleanings you’ll just need to refresh it. Keep adding oil until no more soaks in, remove any excess with a cloth, and you’re done!There are several options for sealing butcher blocks, including:

    Food Grade Mineral Oil: This is the top choice for butcher blocks, and it’s the primary ingredient in commercial sealing products. Look for food grade mineral oil in your local pharmacy – it’s also sold as a laxative – and it’ll be much cheaper in the pharmacy than in the hardware store. Mineral oil will give your butcher block a light honey color.Pure Tung Oil*: Made from the nut of the tung tree, pure tung oil can be expensive and hard to find, but it cures to a durable finish with a darker amber color. Because tung oil is made from natural ingredients, it’s a greener choice than mineral oil, which is petroleum based. Be sure to use only pure tung oil since chemicals may have been added to other tung oil products.Raw Linseed Oil: A form of flax oil. Use raw linseed oil, rather than boiled, since boiled oil can contain metallic dryers that aren’t considered food-safe.Walnut Oil* or Almond Oil*: These oils can be found at most gourmet grocery stores.Coconut Oil: While solid at room temperature (with the consistency of shortening), you can use a hair dryer to warm both the oil and wood as you rub it in. However, any leftover oil on the surface will cool into a waxy coating that shows markings and fingerprints.

    *NOTE: Tung, walnut, and almond oil may pose a health risk if allergic to nuts.

  • Hometalk has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to clean a butcher's block: