DIY: How to Restore Your Wood Cutting Boards

DIY How to restore your wood cutting boards

I don’t know about you, but I love a new wood cutting board. That first time you use it is quite an experience, but it soon starts to look dull, lifeless. Before you know it, it has started to loose its luster and lack it’s charm.

You can bring life back to your cutting boards in several ways. Some suggest using just plain olive oil as it will add back the sheen it had when it was new, but I prefer to use cold, unprocessed Coconut oil. I don’t know if it is because I think like vinegar, coconut oil has so many uses, it is like a miracle product, but I find that coconut oil really gets deeper into the wood and restores it completely, not just the surface.

How To Restore Your Cutting Board

There are plenty of products sold for restoring wood that are food safe and made just for this use.  These products are not only expensive, but also unnecessary if you use coconut oil.  While olive oil is in most people’s kitchens, it can also be pretty expensive and does not do as good of a job as coconut oil does. A small jar of coconut oil can cost you as little as $5.00 and since a little goes a long way with it, this is not an expensive option at all.

Another bonus to using coconut oil is that is has antimicrobial properties and will not allow for the growth of bacteria as a vegetable or olive oil will. Plus, it smells wonderful!

To restore your boards, follow the instructions below.


How to Restore Your Wood Cutting Boards:

  •  Make sure you boards are clean and dry.
  •  Taking some oil straight out of the container (coconut oil is actually solid and white if kept at room temperature), rub it into the board in a circular motion.
  •  You won’t need much, just enough to completely cover all the parts of the board.
  •  Allow it to completely soak into the board and wipe off any excess oil with a dry, soft cloth.
  •   Let the oil soak in for a few hours before using it to to be sure the coconut oil has time to condition the wood.

how to retore your wood cutting board

You can repeat this process as often as you need to as some woods will require it more often than others. Keeping the wood conditioned not only keeps it looking attractive, but also makes your cutting boards last longer and less susceptible to breaking.

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  1. Wonderful, thank you for the tip. I have some cutting boards & wooden bowls that need restoring and coconut does smell soooo yummy!

    Have a blessed weekend,
    Julie M.
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  2. This is really good to know! I hate how they get dull but never thought to try and restore them. Pinning this helpful tip! Thanks.
    Jenna @ A Savory Feast recently posted..Buffalo Chicken PizzaMy Profile

  3. yay! Thank you, I needed to give my cutting boards a refurbish. Thanks for linking up at Tips and Tricks. Pinned.
    Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz recently posted..Day 25: When Getting a “C” is Better than an A & Cherry Lemon-LimeadeMy Profile

  4. I love this! Another genius use for coconut oil. It is my windex for sure! I have bamboo cutting boards too and now I am off to restore them :) Thank you so much for sharing at the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party!
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  5. Thanks for sharing! I love wood cutting boards and want to keep them around as long as possible. Now I gotta read about all the other great uses for coconut oil…
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  6. This is such a great tip. I’ve always had a problem with my wooden cutting boards. Definitely trying this!
    Kat Clayton (@ClaytonKitchn) recently posted..5 for Friday-Fourth of JulyMy Profile

  7. I, too use coconut oil for cutting boards AND everything!!! Featuring you tomorrow!

    XO, Aimee
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  8. It never occurred to me to use coconut oil but it makes perfect sense. I’m going to give this a go.
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  9. I was just thinking this would work for my wooden spoons, too.

    Do you know if this will work for an unfinished wooden cutting board?

  10. Thanks so much for this tip. I used to use olive oil but I will give this a try, especially since I don’t use coconut oil as much as olive oil and therefore have a ton of it (I buy the big jar).
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  11. Pinned! I was just thinking about this yesterday when I pulled out my wooden cutting board. It needs a little love. Thank you!
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