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How to Clean Your Wooden Kitchen Tools

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(Simple and Delicious)


  • Clean wooden cutting boards and utensils with hot, soapy water immediately after use. Rinse with hot water and air dry or pat dry with clean paper towels.
  • Sanitize them occasionally with a solution of 1 Tbsp. bleach per gallon of water. Pour the solution on the board or utensils and let stand for a few minutes. Rinse with hot water.
  • Occasionally rub a thin coating of mineral oil over the entire surface to protect the wood from drying out and cracking. You can find mineral oil at the drugstore. Great results have come from using “Tree Spirit Mineral Oil” that can be found at Williams-Sonoma for $7. Repeat the oiling process when wooden surfaces look dull. Never use vegetable oil, which turns rancid over time.
  • To remove stain from your cutting board, sprinkle some salt on the stain, then rub with a halved lemon until the stain is gone. For really tough stains, allow the salt and lemon juice to sit for about 20 minutes before rubbing.
  • If your cutting board develops hard-to-clean grooves and becomes really worn out, throw it away. Bacteria loves to grow in those grooves.




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