Cleaning oiled butcher block

Our peninsula counter top is edgegrain walnut, and since the area also has the cooktop, it’s the surface that most prep work is done on. I used tung oil initially to seal the wood, and mineral oil these days (disclaimer – I’m not sure if you’re supposed to do that, but I ran out of tung oil and had mineral oil on hand.) I don’t ever put raw meat on the counter, but cutting onions and garlic happens pretty often. I noticed that the countertop could use a thorough cleaning and deodorizing.

That’s when I remembered a super quick and natural way to clean the butcher block. cleaning butcher block counter

Remove any debris from the counter, and pour salt on the surface. I used just plain iodized table salt.cleaning butcher block counter

Quarter a lemon, and rub the wedges over the salt, making a paste. cleaning butcher block counter028

Let it sit for 2-3 minutes, and wipe down with a cloth and warm water.cleaning butcher block counter cleaning butcher block counter

Re-oil after it dries, or don’t. I’m not here to judge. cleaning butcher block counter