How To Care for Wooden Cutting Boards

How To Care for Wooden Cutting Boards

Imperfectly perfect with their natural markings, wooden cutting boards can instantly change the look and feel of your kitchen bench top. Available in a range of different sizes, wooden boards are not only good for cutting but make the perfect serving platter too!


Whilst plastic boards may be easier to clean, wooden boards are sturdier, less likely to slip, and catch the blade of the knife without any resistance. This means not only are they more comfortable for cutting on, they’re more likely to protect the sharp edge of your knives as well.

As with any natural material, wood changes over time therefore simple, but diligent care is important. Follow these easy cleaning instructions to help preserve and extend the lifespan of your wooden cutting boards:

  1. Wash your boards with warm soapy water and towel or rack dry. Do not soak for long periods of time. Wood is porous and absorbs a lot of moisture which can lead to the internal growth of bacteria or rotting from the inside out.
  2. Do not put in the dishwasher. This will again avoid excessive moisture build-up and prevent any unwanted growth of bacteria or mold.
  3. Do not place wooden boards in the fridge or over hot pots. The extreme change in temperatures can cause wood to shrink and expand which also leads to warping and cracking.
  4. Avoid cross-contamination with raw meats. We recommend having separate plastic boards for raw meat which you can sanitize in the dishwasher or clean with boiling water and antibacterial soaps. Wooden boards are best for cooked meats and fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure no unwanted bacteria is left lingering beneath the surface.
  5. Do not apply bleach to wood. Remove stains using salt and lemon or bi-carb soda. Gently rub with a soft cloth until stains fade. This may not remove them completely but it will not ruin the wood like bleach will.
  6. In order to keep your boards looking fresh, you may wish to oil them every few weeks. This will help preserve their dark color and shine. We recommend a coconut oil or beeswax as these are safe for handling foods. Avoid using cooking oils as these start to smell bad over time.

Ultimately, wooden cutting boards will last a long time if taken care of properly. As with all natural beauties, wood only gets better with age, so take care, embrace the imperfections and enjoy this unique material as it changes organically over time.