How to Care for a Butcher Block

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Caring for a butcher block requires keeping it clean between uses by scrubbing it with diluted bleach water or lemon and salt. Eliminate stains, germs and food residue from a butcher block with a demonstration from a professional home cleaner in this... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to care for your butcher block. Butcher blocks are so handy to have around the kitchen, and the good thing about them is if you actually use them, and they have little chop marks in them, and things like that, it gives your kitchen character, and it shows your guests that you're actually using it, that you actually cook. So, they're awesome. The bad thing is, it's wood, and wood is very, very porous, and if it's something you're going to use to prepare food on, it's obviously going to be unfinished, because you don't want to eat varnish chips, or paint chips in your food. So, unfinished wood equals bacteria, and mold and things like that can grow in it, especially from raw meat, and things like that. So, as much as I use bleach as little as possible in my house, I think it's a really good idea to keep a spray bottle of bleach water if you do have a butcher block, to spray it down after you've, you know, prepared chicken on it, raw meat, or anything like that. You want to add about a teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water, that's how you dilute it. So you know, if it's a spray bottle like this of water, you just want to add a couple of drops of bleach, and that's enough to sanitize your butcher block with out leaving a, a toxic fume for your to smell it, you know, from the bleach. Another good idea is if you're cooking anything with lemon, or if you keep lemon juice handy, let's see, salt and lemon is really great for cleaning butcher blocks. If you can just sprinkle some salt, and then squirt some lemon juice, you can use this kind of lemon juice, or if you have an actual lemon, just slice it in half, and use the open part of the lemon as your sponge, and scrub your butcher block with that lemon. But this lemon juice and salt is really good for cleaning, and if you have any stains, let the lemon juice and salt sit on the stain before scrubbing it out again with a sponge or something like that. Baking soda is also a really awesome abrasive for wood, and it's harmless since it's in the kitchen, you can have peace of mind using baking soda to clean anything, because it's non toxic, it's not going to hurt any body. If your butcher block starts to get dried out, what you want to do is get some natural oil. Olive oil is usually what I have in my kitchen, so if you have a paper towel, and a couple of drops of olive oil, it takes a little bit of time, but you only have to do this about twice a year, and it helps keep any wood in your house, floors, furniture, butcher blocks, what ever. Put a spot of olive oil on a paper towel, and just buff it in to the wood. This will give it a nice shine, and keep it moisturized for cleanings. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you care for a butcher block.