Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How to Care for WOOD Items in the KITCHEN

Farmhouse Kitchens are so beautiful. I love the natural elements of wooden bowls,
wood trays, crates and cutting/ bread boards. Just this last week while THRIFT SHOPPING 
 I found three cutting boards. They were poorly maintained but I knew I could get them back
to the way they should look.
I am certainly not an expert but I would like to share what I have learned
and what has worked for me.
       Maintaining a cutting board is a quick and easy task that will keep your board sanitary,

                                        looking new and extend the life of your board.

                        Wash your cutting board with soap and warm water and scrub well.

     After washing the cutting board, dry immediately with a towel and let it air dry standing up or

                                                            on a raised rack with air flow.

  If your board has stains or smells, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar directly on the area.

        The acid in these liquids will neutralize the organic material or fats causing the problem.

If the stain is a discoloring on the surface you can try and use very fine sandpaper.
I maintain my wood items with Mineral Oil. 
Mineral Oil
            Mineral oil  is a non-toxic, non-drying product that is colorless, odorless, and flavorless.

     Its properties prevent water absorption, which makes food-grade mineral oil (as determined

               by the Federal Drug Administration) a popular choice for wooden kitchen items

               such as wooden spoons, bowls, and, of course, cutting boards and butcher blocks.

                                        The key word here is food-safe,  there are

                              types of mineral oils that are not safe for human consumption.

               You can find it in the pharmacy where laxatives are sold. I bought mine at Target,

                                     it was not very expensive and will last a long time.

                                          Regular application of mineral oil will prevent

                                  cutting boards from becoming dry and brittle, which

     can cause a cracks.  A board that is treated with oil also prevents liquids from penetrating the

                                        board, which is often the source of germs and bacteria.

               I do not recommend natural oils such as vegetable, corn, olive, peanut or walnut oil,

                         as these are rich in fats that will eventually oxidize and go RANCID,

               creating a foul smelling board. Also, never use standard mineral oil from a hardware

                                   that is not rated as food safe, as that is meant for machine

                                                lubrication and not for contact with food.

Add a generous amount with a clean soft cloth. You will be amazed
how much the wood will absorb the oil.
Keep rubbing until it has soaked in to the touch. Wipe off excess if needed.

This will also give new life to vintage rolling pins, all metal pans and kitchenware.

Before, looking a bit dried out

You can see the difference here.
And after I finished you can see the improvement.

The Mineral Oil also works well on vintage utensils.
It helps clean and stops rust, giving the metal a nice sheen.
I recommend wiping down your vintage cookie cutters after use to protect
them from rust. I store my rolling pins in an old crock ready for use!

I hope you found this helpful.
Thank  you so much for stopping by!


  1. Great tips, Lisa & I love your crock! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

    1. You are WELCOME! Thank you for hosting, I really appreciate it. xoLisaS

  2. What great tips for keeping wooden kitchen utensils in great shape. I immediately noticed the crock that you had your utensils in. It reminded me of the crocks that my grandmother and mother had, which triggered some great memories. Thank you for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday blog hop.

    1. Amy,
      I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks for hosting at Wonderful Wednesday. That is nice that I could remind you of special moments. I have most of my antiques through loved ones and that is precious to me. xoLisaS

  3. I like your crock and the wooden rolling pins. Thanks for the tip on using Mineral Oil.

    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you found the tip useful.

  4. Going through Mom's things I found many "vintage" or just old utensils. Now I don't have to throw them away. Thanks for helping me keep Mom close.

  5. Great information! Thanks so much for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link party! Pinned this! Hope you join us again next week!

    1. Sheri, Thank you so much for hosting! I appreciate the visit and the invitation to return! xoLisaS

  6. Great tips! I have so many wooden items in my kitchen and I seriously baby them!!!

    1. Colleen, So glad you stopped by. I'm glad to liked the tips I shared. xoLisaS

  7. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks for your kind comment. I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope you have a wonderful week. xoLisaS

  8. Thanks for sharing your tip on Merry Monday. I need to remember to use mineral oil on my cookie cutters to prevent them from rusting.

    1. Thank you so much for hosting. I appreciate the opportunity to share. Please visit again. xoLisaS

  9. Lisa, this is such an important post. Glad to see your emphasis on food-grade mineral oil. AND I've always ordered it from Amazon as I couldn't find it locally, so I'm very glad to know where to look for it in Target! Pinning. #HearthandSoul

    1. Jean, I am so glad you found my post useful. It's so nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting. Thank you for the pin! xoLisaS

  10. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. Marilyn,
      Thank you so much.! You have great parties. xoLisaS


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