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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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Thanks for the tips, I will have to pass them on to the hubby so he can help me remember them for our butcher block.
kythera kythera 9 years
Great tips, thanks!
nancita nancita 9 years
Great tips...I have used lemon juice for a while, but I keep meaning to try this bleach mixture too.
kia kia 9 years
My husband thinks I'm nuts but I go after this and our plastic cutting boards whenever I have a lemon I squeezed for a recipe. And then I let them dry in direct sun.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
lol ashwebb, you sue it?
emalove emalove 9 years
Great tips!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I always make sure to give it a massive scrubdown after I sue it!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks for the tips.
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