Any kind of cutting board that gets used in the kitchen needs to be maintained and sanitized in order to keep them hygienic and safe to use. This applies to wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks as much as it does to boards made of synthetic materials. There are various ways to achieve this and below you will find the most popular methods. You can either use all of them or just some of them, it will just depend on how paranoid you are about germs. The first one I will consider to be essential and the rest optional.
Cleaning and Sanitizing wooden cutting boards and butchers blocks
Fish, garlic and foods like that can leave a bad smell ingrained in your wooden cutting board or butchers block. This is not a big issue and is easy to remedy. Firstly the vinegar will go a long way in combating the smell. You can also rub salt or baking soda on the surface and leave it for a few minutes before wiping it off and rinsing. Lemon is also great for neutralizing garlic and onion smells. Take a slice of lemon and rub it vigorously into the surface of the board and then rinse clean again.
Following these few suggestions will ensure that you can use an attractive wooden cutting board in your kitchen without needing to worry about any negative influences on your health.
It is important to remember that your butchers block and cutting board need regular oiling to keep it in good shape and hygiene friendly. Always use 100% food grade mineral oil, (NO COOKING OILS)
Spoon Oil is 100% food safe mineral oil.
Bowl Wax is my blend of food safe mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba wax.