cleaning a wooden cutting board

Caring For Your Wooden Chopping Board

Congrats! You’ve received a beautiful handcrafted wooden chopping board! 

All of our handcrafted walnut chopping boards are of heritage quality, which means if properly cared for, they will last for years to come. But how do you care for your wooden chopping board to ensure it’s longevity? 

  • As with all wooden boards and utensils, our boards are not dishwasher safe. Please hand wash with a tiny bit of gentle dish soap  and dry thoroughly. Be sure to wash both the top and bottom of the board. When wood gets wet it swells and when only one side gets wet it can create a warped board over time.  If using dry ingredients (such as cutting bread), wipe down with a damp cloth.
  • To deep clean your board naturally, (especially after cutting onion or garlic), sprinkle sea salt generously on your board. Using a halved lemon, rub the salt into the board using small circles. Be sure to squeeze some of the juice out of the lemon as you go. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Be sure to oil your board regularly. Over time, the wood will dry out causing cracks, as well as allow bacteria to seep into the pores causing mold. Oils that are safe to use are unrefined coconut, mineral, or our own in-house Board Butter that contains organic beeswax which helps protect your board from moisture. You can purchase our 2 ounce containers here.
  • When oiling your board, use a lint free cloth to rub a generous amount of board butter evenly on all sides of your board. Allow to set for at least 10 minutes before buffing the excess. Repeat if needed. 

If cutting raw meat such as chicken on your board:

  • Soak a clean dish cloth in white vinegar (or 3% peroxide)
  • Thoroughly wipe down board, allowing it to sit for a few minutes
  • Follow up with the salt & lemon cleaning method.

That’s it! Caring for your wooden board is very simple and will keep it looking beautiful for many years to come!