A cutting board is an essential kitchen tool and, with a little TLC, a wooden one can last you for years. Learn the tips and tricks to care for yours.

A cutting board is an essential part of your kitchen and a wooden one, with proper care, can be an asset for many years.

Rule number one: Wash your cutting board after every use. A quick scrub with warm, soapy water and a towel dry pat-down can go a long way in extending the life of your board. Stand the cutting board up on it’s side overnight after it’s been towel dried and it should be ready to be put away in the morning. Feel free to use vinegar or baking soda during the wash process, too. They’re great in the fight against harmful bacteria.

Avoid letting stains and liquids of any kind sit on your board for too long. Should you develop a stain on your cutting board, a little bit of kosher salt, a small amount of water and a bit of elbow grease can make that pesky stain disappear. Follow that up with another quick wash then pat dry with a towel.

Is your cutting board starting to smell from all of the onions and garlic? Rub some freshly squeezed lemon juice onto the board then wash with warm, soapy water and, of course, end with a little towel drying.

Rule number two: Be nice to your cutting board. Avoid cutting in the same spot every time you use it and if your board is reversible, make sure you utilize both sides.

Rule number three: Oil that sucker up! Wooden cutting boards can actually dry out and crack if they’re not oiled every few weeks or so. Apply a generous amount of mineral oil all over the board and rub it in with your hands. You don’t need a ton of oil…just enough to cover it. Let the oil soak in for at least a few hours, while standing the board on it’s edge.

If desired, follow the oil rub down with a board cream. We would suggest using a lint-free cloth for the cream and when you’re done, let it rest overnight. The next morning, give your board a quick polish with a clean lint-free cloth then take a few moments to appreciate how beautiful it is.

Give your cutting board a little love and it will serve you well.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: Never put your wooden cutting board in the dishwasher. The extended exposure to the heat and water will significantly decrease the life of your board.