- Bench/dough scraper or spatula
- Sanding block (optional)
- Sponge or dishcloth
- Spray Bottle
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Food-safe mineral oil tung oil or butcher block oil-and-conditioner combo
- Mild dish soap
- White vinegar
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Scrape Off Food Residue
Wipe the Surface
After scraping off the stuck-on food, wipe off the surface with a sponge or cloth and a mixture of water and mild dish soap, like Seventh Generation.
Stains can be removed by sanding the affected area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper.
While wood has anti-bacterial properties, you should still disinfect a butcher block countertop. After you’ve cleaned it off, spray a mixture of white vinegar and water on the surface, spread it around with a damp cloth, let it soak in for a minute or two, and then wipe it off. This is how to clean laminate countertops.
Treat with Oil
When you notice the wood starting to dry out (when moisture starts to penetrate the wood), apply a coat of food-safe butcher block oil to the clean, dry surface. Apply as many coats as needed, until moisture stays on the surface. Learn how to clean quartz countertops.
Another option: Use a food-safe butcher block oil and conditioner combo, such as Howard Butcher Block Conditioner (shown here).