Asked on Jan 15, 2016

Is there a non-toxic, food safe sealer for painted wood utensils?

I'm looking for a safe sealer to use over hand painted wood utensils to make them safe for using with food. Is there such a thing?
  17 answers
  • Kathleen Kathleen on Jan 15, 2016
    I know they sell an oil that is specifically for wood cutting boards and butcher block tops. That should work fine.
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jan 15, 2016
    I think they also sell food grade polys, or you could use a resin that dries incredibly hard.
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    • @GrandmasHouseDIY I'll do that. Very good idea! Yep I'll be sharing once I get them finished!
  • Kristi Madsen Kristi Madsen on Jan 15, 2016
    my husband uses walnut oil on his cutting boards. I can ask him more specifics when he gets home.
  • Susan Susan on Jan 15, 2016
    Like Kristi said, natural oils work to repel water and keep a safe food surface. Coconut, vegetable oils are also good as far as food safety
  • Debbie Debbie on Jan 16, 2016
    I use mineral oil ( NOT mineral spirits) on my wood rolling pins cutting board and on top of any wood furniture to keep from drying out.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jan 16, 2016
    Hi Our Peaceful Planet. I would recommend using butcher lick oil or mineral oil. My question is if the PAINT is food grade paint? If not, regardless of what you put over it, wood naturally leaches and absorbs. I would be very cautious about food contamination.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jan 16, 2016
    The simple answer is NO! Too much risk involved as to the paint and nothing will make it really 'safe'. Most often these are done in a foreign country with no safety paint standards. Likely it is non-lead today, but sure not worth the chance. If you just want to protect it from water, use a marine varnish.
  • Alan Alan on Jan 16, 2016
    You may want to check out the article about food-safe finishes on the Fine Wood Working site. I'm not sure of the affect that the nut oil finishes would have on someone with a severe nut allergy.
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    • Alan Alan on Jan 17, 2016
      @Nancy @ Craft Your Happiness You're welcome, strange you had to create an account, I never have. Still, I reckon its a good site for wood working tips.
  • I was looking for something to cover normal Sharpie markers on a wooden spoon to keep them from getting into food. Polyurethane can indeed be used as plastic bags container the same chemicals. However if you're concerned about those types of chemicals in general it would be best to not use it, nor plastic bags.
  • Anna Anna on Jul 06, 2016
    Display your painted utensils instead of using them. No contamination.
  • Pat Pat on Oct 23, 2017

    I'm making some cake stands that will painted with bright Bahamian colors. I am planing to use rust-o-leum American Accent spray paint. How do I make sure they are food safe?

  • Beth Sanfilippo Beth Sanfilippo on Apr 07, 2018

    Zinsser 123 bullseye shellac

    Food safe

  • Cool! I'll check that out. Thanks so much!

  • Margaux Margaux on Aug 18, 2019

    Hello Nancy, have you finally found a food-safe varnish that would protect a chopping board?

  • Loni Psorakis Loni Psorakis on Dec 17, 2020

    Where would you find food safe paints !!

    My daughter is doing aboriginal dot painted cheese boards and I was looking here as to what to seal with to make them safe, but now I'm worried about the paint also ??

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 15, 2022

    Hi Nancy, hope this helps you out, it's got great information!,almost%20like%20a%20natural%20varnish.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 15, 2022

    Coconut Oil

    Another tool for maintaining your wood cutting boards is fractionated coconut oil, which is the oil that is left after fat has been removed from regular coconut oil. This is different from the type of oil found in grocery stores. Because fat can become rancid, this type of oil is shelf stable and food safe. Like mineral oil, coconut oil fills the pores of wood and keeps it moisturized. When wood is properly moisturized, it will not absorb bacteria or crack.