Wood Cutting Board Care
Wooden cutting boards, bowls and spoons all need to be kept clean and maintenance is often only a scrub with hot soapy water after each use. Do not soak your wood products in water or use the dishwasher, they'll may split and warp. Depending on frequency of use, you should also oil them to protect their beauty and keep them from drying out. They do take some maintenance but with the proper care your new wood product can last a lifetime.
Rinse immediately after use. Studies show that a washing with warm soapy water eliminates enough bacteria so that levels are safe. Since wood is porous that will absorb water, soaking or using the dishwasher could cause it to split or warp. Alternately wipe with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.
How to Remove stains. If your cutting board becomes stained from herbs or berries, rub baking soda and coarse salt into the stains with a lemon cut in half, cut side down.
How to Deodorize. If your cutting board smells after you chop onions, crush garlic, cut meat, chicken, or fish, get rid of the odor and help sanitize the cutting board by rubbing it with a cut lemon or white vinegar. You can also wash your cutting board in undiluted lemon juice from a bottle.
How to Sanitize using diluted bleach or Hydrogen peroxide . An occasional extra-deep cleaning is a good idea, particularly after working with raw meat, fish or poultry. To kill the germs on your cutting board Add 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 quart water or wipe with hydrogen peroxide . Let stand for a few minutes before rinsing with hot water.
The oil should be food grade and not prone to rancidity. Mineral oil is a popular choice, it is readily available at most grocery and pharmacy's. All our Boards are pre-treated with our Board Cream ,which is made from locally sourced beeswax and food safe mineral oil, it is an excellent choice for regular board care.
Start with a clean board. Be sure your cutting board is as clean as possible and thoroughly dry.
Apply the oil. Using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel, apply the oil in an even layer over the wood.
Let it soak in. Leave the oil to soak in, overnight if possible, or for at least a few hours.
Remove the excess. If the board feels oily or sticky, buff off any remaining oil with a clean dry cloth or paper towel.