Easy Way to Maintain Your Wood Cutting Board

Has your wood cutting board seen better days? Let me show you how easy it is to care for and maintain your wood cutting board!

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wax products were gifted by howard products. opinions are mine.
pinterest graphic showing worn our wood cutting board

Wood Cutting Boards

Do you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen? I do! We have all three of our meals at home most days. So I use our cutting board several times a day.

The board gets cut on, mashed on (pressing garlic!), and sometimes scraped on. It can show wear pretty quickly.

Howard's Wax It All sitting on top of wood cutting board and small chip brush

Let’s take care of all the wear and tear that these kitchen workhorses take!

list of supplies:

  • your wood cutting board (or buy a new one!)
  • Howard’s Wax-It-All
  • chip brush
  • blue shop towels
Howards wax sitting on top of wood cutting board before waxing

I’ll show you how to wax a chopping board to care for and preserve the wood on a handmade wood cutting board that my hubby made from reclaimed lumber. This is not my everyday board; it is a new one for our vendor spot at Wilderlove Handmade and Vintage.

step one: clean the board

The first step is to make sure the board is clean. I sprinkle coarse salt and scrub it with half of a lemon. Then I wipe it off with a clean cloth.

step two: apply the wax

The next step is to apply the wax. It’s super easy to apply with a chip brush.

lady showing how to use Howards wax on wood cutting board

Get a little bit of wax on the brush and work it into the grain of the wood.

I use a scrubbing motion to make sure the wax gets into the grain of the wood.

lady applying wax on wood cutting board

Look at the difference the wax makes! The wax has beeswax, carnauba wax, and food-grade mineral oil that just soaks into the wood.

I waxed the sides and the bottom of this cutting board. This board also has handles, so I waxed them as well.

before and after wax on wood cutting board

step three: allow to soak in

Let the wax soak in and dry for about an hour.

step four: buff

Then come back with a blue shop towel and lightly buff the surface.

lady buffing wax on wood cutting board

use food-safe wax

The wax is food grade so it is safe with foods. Which is a good thing since this is a wood cutting board!! Haha!

stack of peaches and green plant on top of waxed wood cutting board

wood cutting board maintenance

Wood cutting boards should be re-waxed every 4-6 weeks depending on how often your use your board.

I like to wax our chopping boards every month because I use the board a lot. Every day and usually several times a day in fact!

top view of wood chopping board

Truth be told, my hubby does this regularly so I don’t even have to think about it! He loves to make these custom wood cutting boards and he loves to take good care of them too 🙂

Thanks to my sweet man!

top view of waxed wood chopping board with peaches and a plant on top

all wood types

The wax works on all woods. The board below is made from reclaimed walnut and oak. The wax works perfectly on both!

stack of peaches and green plant on top of wood choppingboard

quick video for you!

In the video below, you will see a wood cutting board that we made from a surprising piece of lumber! Be sure to watch and then come back here and tell me what you think!

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Here is a quick video for you! You’ll see how spending a couple of minutes of care, you can add years to the life of your wood cutting board!

Thanks for stopping by today for this quick tutorial on caring for your wood chopping board! Take care of those boards and they will give you a lifetime of use!

By the way, here is a fun project I did with a thrifted cutting board – I think you will enjoy seeing what I did with it!

Step Ladder Upcycle

Amazon supplies

If you need any of the supplies I have used in this tutorial, just pop over to my Amazon Storefront where I have them gathered for you! Here is a link:

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pinterest graphic showing worn our wood cutting board

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  1. This is such great info! I’m always so scared to use my beautiful wood cutting boards because I don’t want to ruin them. Now I can use them with less fear! Pinning for future reference. 🙂

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      And you most definitely need to take care of your cutting boards! Thanks for pinning!

  2. Great tips for cleaning and caring for kitchen cutting boards – pinning this and hopping over to YouTube!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Jayne! Hope you enjoy the quick video too!

  3. Thanks for taking the mystery out of this. I’ve been avoiding wood boards because of the maintenance but now I’ll have to revisit that!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Hi Sara! The process really is so easy! Glad you found it helpful!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      You are most welcome and thanks for pinning!

  4. Cindy, this a great tutorial and information! I never seen this and it will come in handy.


  5. I never bought a wood cutting board because I didn’t think they would hold up. Now that I know what to do to care for them, I may need to start looking for a pretty one. Pinning this for later.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Linda for stopping by! Happy cutting board hunting!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you Kippi! We want those boards to last!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      And thank you for stopping by Paula! BTW, it was so nice to meet you in person at Haven!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      And thank you for reading the post! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. That looks like such a great product! I use coconut oil, but that looks a lot thicker! Your board is beautifull!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you Danielle! Coconut oil is a great product, isn’t it?

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks! The wax soaks into the grain and really brings it out!

  7. Love Howard’s products. Didn’t know they made a wax. I’ve used their oils, which I’m due for soon. Your husband makes some beautiful boards.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      The wax for cutting boards is amazing! We have also used oils but I must admit, wax is less messy! Thanks for stopping by Marie!

  8. Thanks for this lesson. I’ve pinned to my ‘how to’ board. Some of my cutting board are looking a little worn and could use this refresh. xo

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Great!! Your cutting boards will thank you!

  9. Linda Johnston says:

    How did you know my extra special, ie expensive, bread cutting board needs attention? Thanks for the info. Ordering the wax now.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yay! You will love using that wax! Sooooo easy to use and your boards will smile back at you!

  10. I love this idea. I have a board that is just waiting patiently for me to get around to sealing it. Thank you so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday Link Party! We sure appreciate you, Hugs and blessings to you.

    1. The Wax it All by Howards is so easy to use! You can have your board ready in minutes!

  11. Great info, Cindy! Thank you! We use our cutting boards constantly too and this looks like a great option for keeping them looking good!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Janet! Using this method, your boards will last for years and years!😊