How To Clean and Condition Wood Cutting Boards Naturally

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Did you know you can use a few things like lemon, salt and coconut oil for routine maintenance in your kitchen? Not only do these pure ingredients have infinite uses in skin care, they work like a charm in the kitchen, saving you money and exposure to harsh cleaning products.

You can clean and condition wood cutting boards naturally using only lemon, salt and coconut oil. Sound like a spa treatment? It should!

The next time you squeeze the juice of a lemon, save those lemon halves and give your wooden cutting boards or butcher block a deep cleanse. Half a lemon and some coarse salt are all you need. Just sprinkle the cutting board with salt and scour the surface with the lemon half (cut side down). Let it sit for 5 minutes and then scrape the dirty liquid into the trash. Rinse the board or wipe down with a wet sponge. Fresh, clean and disinfected without harsh products. I have a butcher board counter top that gets this scrub down now and it makes the whole kitchen smell like fresh lemon, so I actually enjoy this chore!

After your cutting board is clean and dry, you can use coconut oil to preserve and condition the wood. Marc and Terri, the founders of Integrity Botanicals, do this at home. Marc was so excited about this tip, and after trying it myself I understand why! Plus, it’s really fun to do—just massage organic raw coconut oil into the cutting board, using a little at a time. Coconut oil is a great alternative to conventional wood cutting board conditioners. Marc sums it up best, “Not only does it keep your cutting board looking shiny and new, it also makes it resistant to food stains and odors, as well as bacteria and mold.  Because coconut oil is very stable, it is highly resistant to rancidity, unlike vegetable oils, and is a healthy alternative to the more commonly used petroleum-based mineral oils typically marketed for cutting boards and butcher blocks.”

There you have it—treat your boards to this once a month and you’ll be happy with the easy results.

*image via Apartment Therapy

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.