How to Care for Handmade Wood Cutting Boards

What You'll Need
Soft cloths
Dishwashing utensils
Halved lemon
Olive oil
Hydrogen peroxide
Coarse salt

Handmade wood cutting boards require a certain level of care in order to last. The routine maintenance will consume just a few minutes of your day every few months, so it's well worth the effort. When properly cared for, an attractive, handmade cutting board can last a lifetime.

Step 1: Season When New and Periodically Thereafter

As soon as you purchase or build the wood cutting board, season it with a coat of high-quality olive oil. Some choose to use mineral oil instead. Every few months, re-coat the board by rubbing the oil in with clean, soft cloth.

Step 2: Keep Board Clean and Dry

Clean the cutting board after each use. Wipe it down thoroughly, then use hydrogen peroxide instead of diluted bleach to sterilize it. Never submerge it water or put it in the dishwasher. Wash it with soap and warm water and allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Proper Storage

After the cutting board has been cleaned and sterilized, store it properly in a dry area of the kitchen with little to no humidity.

Step 4: Stain Removal

To remove stains or unpleasant odors, sprinkle coarse salt over the wood in somewhat generous amounts and vigorously rub it in using a halved lemon. Afterward, properly clean, dry and store the board.