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5-minute fix: Conditioning Wood Cutting Boards


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat’s right, folks… conditioner isn’t just for your silky soft locks, but you actually need it in your kitchen! I learned this when, after a couple of months of owning two wood cutting boards, I started to notice them getting a little dull… like so

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook at those cracks and scratches! These are some seriously sad-looking cutting boards! So I went on a mission to find the best way to condition them and lo and behold… the internet has about half a million ways you can do this, and I got a little overwhelmed. I thought about maybe trying something with coconut oil, which I use for basically everything else, but I heard (I mean read) that beeswax was pretty much ideal for something like this.

I just so happened to see this at HomeSense on one of my weekly visits and when I saw that all of the ingredients were natural, I was sold!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was super easy to use and I finished both boards within a matter of 5 minutes. That’s a win in my books!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALiterally add a dollop to a clean cloth, spread on and rub evenly onto an area of the board and let it sit for a couple of hours to soak in then wipe off any excess with a clean cloth if necessary.  I didn’t have to do that – the wood just soaked everything right up!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what you end up with! Not too shabby, right? I swear, it’s like they were glowing when I finished with these.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust a side note, I did this a few weeks ago now and the boards are still completely conditioned and looking great. I’ll likely repeat the process in about a week to make sure they stay this way. Also, totally unrelated, that basil is still alive and kickin’. K, it’s not kickin’, but it’s alive! That’s impressive for this black thumb!

Now here’s a little something for you pinners:


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I strongly recommend you give this a try if you have some sad wood cutting boards. They will thank you!

Happy conditioning!

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  • Reply Johanna

    My Dad taught me that you only need to do this when you buy new boards, and we do it with plain and simple olive oil, just to seal the pores. Whenever ours get a little dull, we sand them down with a super fine sanding paper, clean them with a mixture of vinegar and water, and then re-apply the olive oil.. voilá!
    This sounds a lot easier though, but I am always weary with anything that I didn’t make myself touching food-related areas.. that may just be me, though! ;)

    March 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I have also heard that olive oil works, and I’ve used it before on a previous cutting board, too! I think it’s amazing you actually sand yours down! I feel like I should have done that to the large one. Maybe next time!
      I was also weary of using something store-bought, but the ingredients were so clean (and organic) that I felt a little more at ease with it. I’m still tempted to try using coconut oil as well to see how it works!

      March 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    Ugh, I am the WORST about doing this! So bad that 2 of our boards are cracking. For shame! I will put it on my to-do list this week, thanks for the reminder! :)

    March 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I had a HUGE crack on one of mine too, so don’t feel so bad. I hear olive oil is a really great conditioner too, so you could just slap some of that on and call it a day!

      March 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    I have never conditioned my wood cutting board… but clearly I should!

    March 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Well if you’ve never needed to, then it’s all good! I just found that mine were splintering a bit… not so good when you’re putting food on them!

      March 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    I so need to do this. Thanks for sharing your success. I found a pair of wood salad tongs with silver handles in the house when we moved in. They are tremendously weathered… they might have even been put through the dishwasher. I’m hoping that I might be able to bring them back to life with a heavy-duty conditioning.

    March 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh I’m sure you can! You’ll likely find, like me, that they become easier to clean when they’re conditioned, too! The beeswax in the conditioner acts like a water repellant.

      March 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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