How to Give Old Wooden Cutting Boards a New Lease on Life
There is something special about the look of a worn, well-loved wooden cutting board. So instead of replacing your old cutting boards, consider refinishing them instead. Here's how!
- Wash your board with warm water and dish liquid. You should also scrub it with salt and a lemon half.
- Let your board dry completely before moving on to sanding. Use a sanding block with 50-grit sandpaper, or a sander, to sand off the top layer of the surface and buff out the scratches.
- Sand it again with 100-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface of your cutting board.
- Warm up a cup of mineral oil in the microwave. Then, mix in a half of a teaspoon of thin slivers of beeswax to the oil and stir until the beeswax melts.
- Use your hands to apply the warm mixture to the surface of the cutting board. Let it sit for several minutes.
- Wipe off the excess oil from the board. Then, cover it with more coats of the mixture until it no longer seeps into the wood.
- Let the cutting board dry overnight. Wipe off any extra oil from the surface.
- Shine the board with beeswax and you're finished!
- Oiling and waxing your cutting board at least once a month will keep it in good shape and prevent it from developing any new scratches.
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