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proper steps for routine care

Wooden cutting boards are a kitchen staple, but they can be prone to bacteria and odors if not properly cared for. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash, clean, and care for your wooden cutting board to ensure it stays in top shape for years to come:

  • Wash your cutting board.  You should wash your cutting board with hot, soapy water after each use. This is the most important step in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of your cutting board. By washing it after each use, you can remove any food particles, bacteria, and germs that may have accumulated on the surface of the board. To wash your cutting board, use a mild dish soap and a scrub brush or sponge to gently scrub the surface of the board, paying extra attention to any grooves or cuts. Rinse the board thoroughly with hot water and dry it with a clean towel.


  • Disinfect your cutting board regularly. While washing your cutting board after each use is important, it’s also a good idea to disinfect it on a regular basis to kill any remaining bacteria. To disinfect your cutting board, you can use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Spray the solution onto the surface of the board and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and drying. This method is effective at killing most bacteria and is safe for use on food surfaces. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water, but be sure to rinse the board thoroughly and dry it well after using this method to avoid damaging the wood.
  • Remove stubborn stains and odors. If your cutting board has stubborn stains or odors that are difficult to remove, there are a few ways to tackle these problems. For stains, you can try using a paste made from baking soda and water. Rub the paste onto the stain, let it sit for a few hours, and then scrub and rinse it off. This method is effective at removing most types of stains, including fruit and vegetable stains, blood, and red wine. For odors, you can try rubbing the surface of the board with a cut lemon or a mixture of salt and lemon juice. The acid in the lemon will help to neutralize odors, while the salt will help to scrub away any bacteria that may be causing the odor. Rinse and dry the board thoroughly after using either of these methods.

  • Condition your cutting board. To keep your wooden cutting board looking its best, it’s important to condition it regularly with Stag’s End Wood Wax. Conditioning helps to moisturize the wood and prevent it from drying out and cracking. To use it, simply apply a thin layer of Stag’s End Wood Wax to the surface of your cutting board, let it sit for an hour, and then wipe off any excess. This will allow time for the wood wax to penetrate the wood and protect it. You can use a clean cloth or a paper towel remove any excess wood wax. It’s important to note that you should only use a small amount of wood wax when conditioning your cutting board. It’s also a good idea to avoid using cooking oils like olive oil or vegetable oil instead of Stag’s End wood wax, as these can go rancid over time and leave an unpleasant odor on your cutting board. By conditioning your cutting board regularly, you can keep it looking its best and prevent it from drying out and cracking. With proper care, a wooden cutting board can last for many years and be a valuable addition to your kitchen.

  • Store your cutting board properly. When it’s not in use, your cutting board should be stored in a dry place. Avoid storing it in a damp area, as this can lead to warping and splitting. If you have limited counter space, you can invest in a cutting board stand or holder to keep your board off the counter and make it easier to access.

  • Replace your cutting board if necessary. Even with proper care, wooden cutting boards will eventually need to be replaced. If your board is heavily worn or has deep cuts or grooves, it’s time to invest in a new one.

By following these simple steps, you can keep your wooden cutting board in top condition and ensure that it lasts for years to come. With proper care, a wooden cutting board is a versatile and durable kitchen tool that you’ll use for all your chopping, slicing, and dicing needs.