How to Oil and Clean Wood Cutting Boards

by Katie
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Wood cutting boards are beautiful and can last for a very long time if you take care of them. Here is a simple tutorial on how to maintain your wood cutting boards so they last for decades!
Cutting boards aren't hard to maintain, but they do require a little more care than some things. It is totally worth the effort though! All you need is a little lemon, salt, and some food grade mineral oil.
It is very important to make sure you don't let them soak in water. So, dishwashers are a no go!
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Suggested materials:
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Butcher Block Cutting Oil   (
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  • Fle5165065 Fle5165065 on Apr 09, 2016
    Where do I buy food-grade mineral oil? How is it different from regular mineral oil?

  • Gloria Gloria on Jul 01, 2016
    Does this work on bamboo boards too?

  • Gloria Gloria on Jul 06, 2016
    Best way to clean bamboo cutting boards?

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  • Susi Downs Susi Downs on Apr 14, 2016
    Thank you. I usually use wood for vegetables. I prefer a plastic one but that too has BPA or whatever that is that is more toxic than tilex. I try to use soap and water and only use tilex when I need to get something really clean. It doesn't seem to matter what you use, EVERYTHING has chemicals and they find more everyday. We can only try to be vigilant and use more natural items . Again vinegar is a natural cleaner and under a microscope it cleans most bacteria as well as any cleaner. I am afraid that growing up in the 60's and 70's we were exposed to a lot more chemicals than most Drinking out of metal cups, Eating fruit right off the vines My mother still uses an Iron Skillet.. Anyone remember testing underground? Which they probably grow food now. It is in GODs hands.

  • Jane R. Jane R. on May 02, 2016
    Thanks for the tips. I have a wood cutting board that is about 60 yrs. old. I don't use it though because I didn't know how to care for it and clean it.