Seasoning your new wood cutting board:
Apply a good amount of food safe mineral oil to the entire surface of the board and let it soak in. You can also use a beeswax/mineral oil mixture. This will make the board much more moisture resistant, while keeping the wood lubricated enough to avoid drying out and warping. All of our cutting boards are seasoned before you receive them for your convenience and to protect the board.
Cleaning your new wood cutting board:
The best way to clean a wood board is to scrape off all remaining food residue from the surface after each use. Then, simply hand wash with warm water and soap, towel-dry then leave out to completely air-dry. Wooden cutting boards should not be submerged in water and should definitely not be cleaned in the dishwasher. The boards will become over-saturated with water and the extreme heat in the dishwasher and will seriously dry out the wood cutting boards. By taking a little extra time to wash your boards by hand, you’ll ensure their longevity.
Wood Cutting Board Maintenance:
While wooden cutting boards are proven to trap less harmful bacteria over time than their plastic counterparts, that doesn’t mean that you should ever skimp on cleaning them.
Remember, many of us use cutting boards to cut up raw meat, which means the boards are exposed to a wide variety of bacteria regularly. If you ever encounter any sour smells coming from your board, apply a cup of baking soda to the cutting board surface and pour a cup of vinegar over it before letting it sit for a few minutes. You could also cut a lemon in half and give your board a citrus rub down. This should help remove any bad smells and give your battle-tested board a bit of a refresh.
If you notice the wood becoming a bit dry — usually every month or two (depending on usage) — give the entire surface a good wipe down with food-grade mineral oil and beeswax (board butter works great for regular maintenance).
Refrain from using food-based oil, like vegetable oil or walnut oil, as these have a tendency to go rancid. This regular maintenance will ensure your wooden cutting board remains splinter-, odor-, and stain-free.