How To Maintain, and How Often

Wooden cutting boards need to be kept clean and daily maintenance is usually a good scrub with hot soapy water after using. Do not soak your board or any other wooden utensils in water or they'll crack and warp. Absolutely no dishwasher use! Some people use a very weak bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean their boards after they've been used for cutting raw meat as a precaution against bacterial contamination. Depending on how often you use your boards, maintenance should be at least every couple months.

Everyday Use

Simply wash your board with your regular dish soap at your sink & with a scrubber brush. Dry with a cloth.

Long Term Care: How To Oil and Maintain a Wooden Cutting Board and Wooden Utensils

Before you start, be sure your boards are very clean. Give them a scrub with lemon and salt. The boards should also be dry before starting.

What You Need:

  • Wooden cutting board, spoons, or other utensils

  • Clean, soft cloth or paper towel

  • Mineral oil or other food-grade oil

  • Butlersburg Woodworking board conditioner


  • Start with a clean board and utensils. Be sure your cutting board and spoons area as clean as possible and thoroughly dry.

  • Apply the oil. Using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel, apply the oil in an even layer over the wood.

  • Let it soak in. Remove any excess. Leave the oil to soak in, overnight if possible, or for at least a few hours.

  • Apply Butlersburg Woodworking board conditioner in circular motion. Remove excess.

  • If the board or your spoons feel oily or sticky, buff off any remaining oil with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.