Wooden kitchen items like cutting boards, salad bowls, and spoons come into contact with your food on a daily basis, so it makes sense to use food-safe products to clean them.

By Christophe Pourny
May 27, 2014
Credit: Mike Krautter

Christophe Pourny Studio Cutting Board Tonic is made with familiar kitchen staples –– white vinegar and rosemary oil –– and raw tung oil, a natural drying agent.

  • Apply Cutting Board Tonic with a nonfluffy fabric. "People can apply with a sponge, but we recommend T-shirt material," Jobson says.
  • Oil brand-new boards frequently to build up a layer of protection. Then oil wood when it starts to feel rough, about once per month: A good rule of thumb for new or damaged boards is once a week for a month, then once a month for a year.
  • Dry boards thoroughly after washing with hot water; wet boards can crack and harbor bacteria. The rosemary oil and vinegar in the Cutting Board Tonic help to sanitize wood surfaces.
Credit: Mike Krautter

A pump top makes for handy application in the kitchen. "It's unique because there's no mineral oil," says business partner Jason Jobson. "Mineral oil just seals, these oils sanitize and moisturize."

Christophe Pourny Cutting Board Tonic, $22, American Made Marketplace

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Comments (5)

November 11, 2019
You guys are the guys are the guru's of DIY, what is a good recipe for a cutting board conditioner?
October 23, 2018
Martha, have just signed. So far love the ideas which are organic, non toxic, simple. Eg ways to O clean your wooden chopping board. Haven't got past that yet
October 17, 2018
Excellent info on cleaning the wood cutting boards
July 30, 2018
I love my pots and pan a my knifes by Mrs Stewart .I been looking for some kitchen canisters for things like sugar / flour and maybe even cereal even bathroom decorations .
March 16, 2017
thank you so much for showing this . It was my concern all the time and I did not know what to do besides scratching the surface with soap.