Mooks' Boards Care Tips
How to Clean Wood Cutting Boards
Tiny cuts or grooves made on cutting board surfaces can create a natural habitat for bacteria growth, which makes cleaning wooden cutting boards extremely important to keep your kitchen or bar clean and safe.
There are several methods used for cleaning wood cutting boards; our favorites are with soap and water, vinegar, or bleach.
Simple Soap and Water Wash
- Wash: Hand wash the board immediately after use with water and dish soap.
- Dry: Pat the board dry with a paper towel or clean dishtowel immediately after cleaning.
The Vinegar Method
- Pour: Open your vinegar and pour it over the surface of your board.
- Wipe: Once you've poured the vinegar, wipe down with a clean, wet cloth.
- Dry: Allow the board to dry after it's been cleaned.
*Using vinegar is not recommended for boards used with raw meat, fish, or poultry.
Basic Bleach Treatment
- Mix bleach solution: Create a mixture of 1 tsp. of bleach for every 1 quart of water.
- Apply solution: Pour the mixture over the board and rinse thoroughly with hot water.
*Because moisture absorption causes splintering and warping over time, never submerge your wood cutting board under water or put it through the dishwasher.
How to Maintain Wood Cutting Boards
Seasoning can extend the life of your board and prevent cracks warps from forming. Depending on how often you use your cutting board, you can season it weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
Follow these easy steps to season your wooden cutting board:
- Wipe food-grade mineral oil or beeswax over your dry board’s exterior.
- Allow the oil to sit for a few hours.
- Wipe off excess oil or beeswax with a dry cloth.
*Never use vegetable or olive oil to season a cutting board because these can become rancid over time.