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How to Care for your Handmade Wood Cutting Board

If you properly care for your cutting board then it will last you a lifetime.  Please follow these simple steps to ensure many years of service out of your handmade wood cutting board. 

  1. Wash your wood cutting board after each use by hand with mild soap and hot water. Never ever put your board in the dishwasher. Wipe dry with a soft cloth or paper towel and allow it to completely dry upright. Lemon juice can also be used to disinfect the board and remove harsh odors, if necessary.

  2. Never leave your cutting board sitting in water.  This will cause the board to warp and crack.

  3. Allow your boards to air dry overnight after washing.  It is best not to leave them laying on the counter or on top/below other items.  This prevents all sides from drying and prolonged moisture is your enemy when it comes to the longevity of your wood cutting board.

  4. Regularly wax your cutting board.  The wax helps prevent moisture and fills in the voids than can harbor bacteria.  

  • Waxing after every wash and dry cycle is ideal.

  • We recommend you wax your cutting boards or butcher blocks with a blend of beeswax and food grade mineral oil.  We sell a homemade blend which contains much more wax than most of our competitors.  

  • Apply a coat of wax with a soft cloth or paper towel, wait about 15 minutes to allow the wax/oil blend to soak into the wood, and then wipe off excess with a different cloth or paper towel.  

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