Hey y'all! I haven't given you a tip in a while and I thought this would be a great one to share.
~How to care for a wood cutting board~
Everyone has their own opinion and method when it comes to cleaning, especially in the kitchen. This is my version on how I clean and condition my wood cutting board.
As you can see in this picture, the wood is very dry. You really don't want a dry board. Why? Because it will begin to crack. Cracks are areas where food can get in and create bacteria. YUCK!
After each use, I clean my board. You can see how I have the board leaning on the side of the sink. I don't want my board soaking in water because wood is very porous. I'm using hot water and dish detergent. Never put your board in the dishwasher.
Rinse your board thoroughly with hot water. Again, not soaking in water.
Allow your board to dry upright for several hours. I normally just leave mine out overnight.
This last step is something I only do once per month (or more if the board looks dry).
This is where opinions will differ. I use vegetable oil or canola, which ever I have on hand. Some will say that using those types of oils will leave a rancid smell on your board or even 'gum up'. I have had this cutting board for over 3 years, and I've never had that problem. Never use olive oil or an oil that has a taste or smell. This will get into your food that you are cutting.
I start with a small amount of oil on my board. Probably 1/4 of a cup, depending on the size of your board. You can always go back and add more, but you can't take it away once it's there.
You can use a dry cloth or a paper towel to rub over the board. Once this is complete, let the board sit for a while before adding more oil (if necessary).
Following these steps, you will be able to keep your board for years.