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Bamboo Cutting Board Care

Bamboo Cutting Board Care

Keep your bamboo cutting board looking beautiful for years to come with these simple steps. Our bambu® cutting boards are durable and designed to stay on your counter for the long-term, and here’s how.

Bamboo Cutting Board Care:

  1. To start, hand wash your board with warm water and soap. We like to use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Soap or Meliora Dish Bar SoapWe also prefer to use a natural bristle brush to scrub the board clean. Our own bamboo/natural bristle brush is the perfect clean up companion. 

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2.  You can air dry or towel dry. Make sure the board is completely dry before storing away.

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3. It’s not mandatory, but if you want to get your boards back to that “looking new” appearance, then use bambu Finishing Oil. Shake the oil before use. Pour a capful or two onto a cloth and rub into the board. A little goes a long way. Let dry completely (we prefer propped up so it dries evenly).

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If your cutting board starts looking dry, these steps will liven it up. And if you'd like to avoid drying out your board, you can apply finishing oil on a monthly basis for your daily chopping board. For smaller prep boards or bar cutting boards you’ll want to follow this process after a big party or event to keep your board in good shape.

For best care of your bamboo cutting board, avoid:

  1. Putting your board in the dishwasher.
  2. Using hard chemicals, like bleach.
  3. Soaking in water.
  4. Using natural cooking oils, like olive oil or walnut oil.

The actions above would encourage the board to splinter, warp or smell bad.

If your bamboo cutting board is badly stained, follow these steps as soon as possible to remove tough stains. Beet juice, anyone?

  1. Cut a lemon in half.
  2. Squeeze half a lemon on the stain and rub in using the lemon half like a sponge.
  3. Rinse. Repeat with the other half if necessary.
  4. Apply finishing oil as outlined above after the stain is removed.

Caring for bamboo cutting boards is extra easy because bamboo naturally is mycobacterial and less porous than other materials. With our sleek, modern design, your cutting board will stay beautiful for the long-term.

Want to know why bamboo is the best cutting board material? Read our full article.

About bambu® Finishing Oil

bambu® finishing oil is handcrafted in small batches with high-quality, all-natural ingredients from sustainable resources. Our cutting board oil is made from a blend of linseed oil, pure tung oil, and pure beeswax. And packaged in a glass bottle--not plastic!

Beeswax is a key ingredient in our cutting board oil because of its all-natural waterproofing, hydrating and shine properties. Our blend does not contain mineral oil which is a petroleum byproduct. 

Interested in breathing new life into your bamboo cutting board or looking for a new board? Explore bambu® cutting boards and finishing oil. Our 15-inch classic cutting board was used in the photos above. It has been among our most popular cutting boards since we first introduced it in 2004. You would apply the same simple cleaning insturctions on our bamboo serving trays.

 Is your kitchen stocked with bamboo utensils too? Read our guide to bamboo utensil care.

Jul 11, 2021

I have used a large bambu and a smaller bambu board for cutting meat and fish on them. Now I am on a whole foods plant diet and eat to know how to disinfect the large and small bambu boards for cutting vegetables. I don’t use clorox, would tea tree oil be okay (as well as natural lemon to get rid of any bacteria from the meat and fish?

Jan 05, 2021

Hi Linda! Thanks for your question!

Our team has found a number of things that work to remove that pesky sticker residue.

The go-to option is washing the utensil with warm, soapy water followed by a soft cloth to remove the residue. You could also try equal parts cooking oil and baking soda. If all else fails, an eco citrus-based solvent should do the trick.

We hope that helps!

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Bambu Customer Care
Dec 26, 2020

I am having a difficult time removing the label and the glue. I tried peeling alone and then with water, white vinegar and then canola oil. I have removed most of the label and there’s still a gluey film. Please advise.

Oct 22, 2020

Great question Pat!

To sand your board, first smooth out the roughest cuts by rubbing it with a coarse grade of sandpaper in the direction of the grain. Then switch to a finer grade of sandpaper until the board is smooth. Wash the wood with regular dish soap, then oil it to make it kitchen-ready again!

Bambu Customer Care
Oct 22, 2020

My knives leave marks/slices on my cutting board. How can I fix this? Sand it then use oil on it?


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