How to: Clean Your Wood Cutting Board
Wooden cutting boards can be a great asset to any kitchen, especially if you love to cook, however, some people tend to stay away from them because they aren’t sure how to clean them properly. Thankfully, cleaning your wood cutting board is easier and faster than you might think.
Step 1: Clean
Start by washing the cutting board with a few drops of dish soap and some warm water. Remember, cleaning it right after use is your best bet for avoiding having to scrub food particles off later on.
It is also very important not to leave your cutting board sitting in water as it can begin to swell and split over time. The less water, the better.
Step 2: Dry
Use a dishtowel to dry your cutting board, then allow it to air dry by standing it up, rather than laying it flat.
Step 3: Sanitize
Sanitizing your cutting board is an important task that should be done rather frequently. Start by covering the board with a layer of course salt, then, using lemon cut in half, rub it over the salt.
Step 4: Seal
Food grade mineral oil can be used monthly on your cutting board to help protect it. Using a clean rag, simply dampen it with the oil, then, going with the grain of the wood, apply enough oil until the wood stops absorbing it. Wipe off all the excess and allow it to air dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: Buff
Over time, wood cutting boards tend to look worn down and accumulate stains. Most of the time there is no other way to revive them other than sanding it down. Using fine-grit sandpaper, evenly sand the cutting board to buff out the scratches. After sanding, use mineral oil on the board to seal it (it may take several coats).
Remember, never put your wood cutting board in the dishwasher, no matter how tired or unmotivated you are to wash it by hand. The exposure to heat and water will, over time, cause your board to warp, or even crack.