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Primer: Caring For Your Butcher Block

Butcher blocks might be the most unloved thing in your home. Butcher blocks and dirty socks. But even dirty socks get washed eventually. Since they can't be sealed or varnished, butcher blocks are breeding grounds for bacteria from your meat and other foods. So, it's important to love them and keep them so fresh and so clean. To learn some steps for caring for yours,


  • After you chop your meats on your butcher block, soak it with a disinfectant cleaner or a mix of 1/10 bleach and 9/10 water. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes then run it under the faucet and let it air dry.
  • Also after each use, wash it with mild dish soap, rinse, and let dry. But, make sure it's dry before you put it away in a cabinet, or you may encounter a mildew attack.
  • Every once in a while, depending on how often you use your butcher block, squeeze fresh lemon juice on it to deodorize its surface. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, rinse, and let dry.
  • To keep it from getting brittle, you should occasionally coat it with mineral oil. Then wipe off the excess oil, wash with dish soap, rinse, and air dry.


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