What's the Best Way to Keep My Butcher Block Clean & Odor-Free?

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Q: We received a wood butcher block as a wedding present and it gets a lot of use. We wipe it down and scrub it, but it still smells funky. I've tried everything from food-safe soaps to lemon juice. Does anyone have a foolproof trick for getting butcher blocks clean and odor-free?

Sent by Nicole

Editor: If you're not doing so already, rubbing your butcher's block with mineral oil or beeswax will help seal it and make it easier to clean. Doing this once a month or so helps keep it ship-shape. Here are some other reference posts that might help:

Keeping a Butcher's Block Clean Without Drying it Out
How to Sand Your Butcher Block to Look Like New
The Best Way to Clean and Care For Wooden Cutting Boards?
Beautiful & Useful: Butcher Block Counters

Readers, how do you keep your butcher's block clean?


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