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What are the dos and don'ts regarding cleaning a bamboo cutting board?
How to let it live a long life?

I heard people talking about using mineral oil w.r.t the same. How much and when use it?

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most mineral oil is petroleum based and it'll be in contact with your food, if you're ok with it, consider finding food-grade mineral oil. –  MandoMando May 25 '13 at 22:33
Food grade is definitely implied here. –  SAJ14SAJ May 31 '13 at 8:10

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The care of bamboo cutting boards is extremely similar to that of traditional wood cutting boards:

  • Prime them with mineral oil, and refresh it every month or so. (Wipe with oil, let sit for a while, perhaps 15-20 minutes, wipe off).
  • Wash only with mild soap, and rinse and dry immediately. Don't put in a dishwasher.
  • If using for raw meat, you can sanitize with a very dilute bleach solution (about a teaspoon of liquid bleach per quart of water, 5 mL per liter). Rinse thoroughly afterwards.
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After wiping them with oil do we have to wash them with soap? And how to "dry" them? –  TheIndependentAquarius May 25 '13 at 16:35
You don't have to wash it immediately after priming. Just wipe off the excess oil with a dry lint-free towel. –  SAJ14SAJ May 25 '13 at 16:37
How to dry them after washing? –  TheIndependentAquarius May 25 '13 at 16:38
Wipe off with a towel, and let air dry. –  SAJ14SAJ May 25 '13 at 16:38
How often to prime them, and how often to soap them? Please complete your answer. –  TheIndependentAquarius May 31 '13 at 6:23

Owning a bamboo cutting board is no different than any other style of wood. Rub it down with your preferred oil, i personally use peanut oil but mineral oil works as well. You can wipe the cutting board down with white vinegar to help sanitize it. Never leave water or juice from meats or veggies sitting on the cutting board for an extended period of time as it will warp the wood and cause the surface to become uneven.

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