Easy Way to Maintain Your Wood Cutting Board

Cindy Rust
by Cindy Rust
15 Minutes

Has your wood cutting board seen better days? Let me show you how easy it is to care for and maintain your wood cutting board!

wax products were gifted by howard products. opinions are mine.
Wood Cutting Boards

Do you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen? I do! We have all three of our meals at home most days. So I use our cutting board several times a day.

The board gets cut on, mashed on (pressing garlic!), and sometimes scraped on. It can show wear pretty quickly.

Let’s take care of all the wear and tear that these kitchen workhorses take!

list of supplies:

  • your wood cutting board (or buy a new one!)
  • Howard’s Wax-It-All
  • chip brush
  • blue shop towels

Here are the shopping links:

I’ll show you how to wax a chopping board to care for and preserve the wood on a handmade wood cutting board that my hubby made from reclaimed lumber. This is not my everyday board; it is a new one for our vendor spot at Wilderlove Handmade and Vintage.

step one: clean the board

The first step is to make sure the board is clean. I sprinkle coarse salt and scrub it with half of a lemon. Then I wipe it off with a clean cloth.

step two: apply the wax

The next step is to apply the wax. It’s super easy to apply with a chip brush.

Get a little bit of wax on the brush and work it into the grain of the wood.

I use a scrubbing motion to make sure the wax gets into the grain of the wood.

Look at the difference the wax makes! The wax has beeswax, carnauba wax, and food-grade mineral oil that just soaks into the wood.

I waxed the sides and the bottom of this cutting board. This board also has handles, so I waxed them as well.

step three: allow to soak in

Let the wax soak in and dry for about an hour.

step four: buff

Then come back with a blue shop towel and lightly buff the surface.

use food safe wax

The wax is food grade so it is safe with foods. Which is a good thing since this is a wood cutting board!! Haha!

wood cutting board maintenance

Wood cutting boards should be re-waxed every 4-6 weeks depending on how often your use your board.

I like to wax our chopping boards every month because I use the board a lot. Every day and usually several times a day in fact!

Truth be told, my hubby does this regularly so I don’t even have to think about it! He loves to make these custom wood cutting boards and he loves to take good care of them too 🙂

Thanks to my sweet man!

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all wood types

The wax works on all woods. The board below is made from reclaimed walnut and oak. The wax works perfectly on both!

quick video for you!

In the video below, you will see a wood cutting board that we made from a surprising piece of lumber! Be sure to watch and then come back here and tell me what you think!

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Here is a quick video for you! You’ll see how spending a couple of minutes of care, you can add years to the life of your wood cutting board!

Thanks for stopping by today for this quick tutorial on caring for your wood chopping board! Take care of those boards and they will give you a lifetime of use!

By the way, here is a fun project I did with a thrifted cutting board – I think you will enjoy seeing what I did with it!

Step Ladder Upcycle

Amazon supplies

If you need any of the supplies I have used in this tutorial, just pop over to my Amazon Storefront where I have them gathered for you! Here is a link:

Amazon Shop: Reinvented Delaware

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Cindy Rust
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  • Gloria Gloria on Feb 06, 2022

    Waxing my newly sanded boards as we speak-one is a live edge slice! I love the look for chartucchire on wood boards!