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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. (Wipe off and let air dry.) 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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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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I bought coconut oil just for my bamboo cutting boards. I am not going to use a petroleum product like mineral oil for all kinds of reasons.

I can't use any dish soaps so I did research on cleaning. I want my dishes to be at least as clean as ones washed with dish soap. I learned that it is not the product used, it is the rubbing motion that does the cleaning. So I wash things with baking soda dissolved in hot water. I use it for pretty much everything. Dishes, clothes, me. Soaking baked on stuff over night with baking soda works great. Probably not for my cutting board though. I also use vinegar and water. I don't use the baking soda and vinegar together for things other than laundry. Putting them together just creates a base. The chemical reaction provides cleaning for laundry, but I don't think it does much for hard surfaces. Vinegar was used in hospitals in England during the cholera epidemic. It is much better and safer than bleach. Also safer than dish soap that can make you sick of not rinsed well.

I have had wood cutting boards warp from getting too wet. I have just set them with the warp up and steamed them from the bottom with a waight on top. Straightened quite well.

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I use lemon oil and olive to to keep my bamboo board looking new and smelling nice. After each use, I rinse it with hot vinegar water, then apply a light coat of the oil. 30 drips lemon oil to 1/4 cup olive oil. This is also what I use to polish my wood furniture. A little goes a long way! I use paper towel on cut board, but a soft cloth for furniture! My home smells nice too.

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