How do I remove odors and stains?
Sprinkle kosher salt on the stain or on your whole cutting board for a good cleaning. Cut a lemon in half and use it to rub the salt into the board, squeezing the juice from the lemon as you go. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes and then wipe down the board with a damp cloth and hand dry with a towel. For really stubborn stains a fine grit piece of sand paper will do the trick. Always sand with the grain of the board. A new coat of wax will need to be applied after sanding.
How often should I wax my cutting board?
You should oil/wax your board at least once a month or when it looks noticeably dry, doing this simple step will help prolong the life of your board for years. Using a cloth or paper towel, apply the wax to the entirety of the board and allow it to penetrate the wood overnight or at least 12 hours before use. Wipe off any excess oil/wax with a dry paper towel. Mineral oil and bees wax used together are your best choice and you can find many food safe blended products at your local hardware store. Do not use any other kind of oil or wax on your boards.
How do I clean my cutting board?
The most important thing you can do for your cutting board is keep it clean. After each use wipe down the surface of your board using a hot & soapy cloth. DO NOT submerge the board in water and NEVER put in the dishwasher. Try not to let liquids of any type stand on the board for long periods of time (water, brine, blood etc.). Always wipe your board dry using a towel or paper towels after cleaning. Water and wood do not mix! Water will cause the wood fibers to swell which will result in your board warping or cracking. Oiling/waxing your board will prevent this as it occupies the wood fibers preventing the water from entering.