Oct 15 , 2019

Butcher Block Oil vs. Cutting Board Oil: What’s the Difference?


What’s not to like about slicing and dicing on wood. It’s kind to your knives, and cleanup’s a breeze. But once in a while, you need to show some love to your wood surfaces, to keep them in prime condition. Whether you’ve got a 10-inch cutting board or 5-foot butcher block countertop, regular oiling conditions the wood and helps create a barrier that keeps

Check out our complete how-to instructions for making a beautiful cutting board from wood scraps.

Butcher Block Oil vs. Cutting Board Oil

The oil to use on a butcher block countertop is the same oil you should use to maintain a wood cutting board. Butcher block surfaces and cutting boards are both wood and their needs are the same. But you’ve got options. Two of the most common are:

Cooking oils (like olive, vegetable or nut oils) aren’t recommended as butcher block/cutting board oil because they can go rancid. And nut oils could cause an adverse reaction for anyone with nut allergies.

This is our collection of the best cleaning products for people with allergies.

Should I Use Butcher Block Conditioner?

Conditioners for butcher block countertops and cutting boards are optional. They’re typically used in addition to, or combined with, oils. They create a harder finish and can add a sheen, but they wear off and need reapplication, just like oils, though possibly not as frequently. There are several brands, like Howard Butcher Block Conditioner (about $10 for 12 oz.), that sell a product that’s comprised of food-grade mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba wax. Some brands sell oil and conditioners separately.

Get your kitchen cabinets organized this weekend with this clever project.

How Often Do You Have to Oil Butcher Block Countertops?

How often you need to use butcher block oil on countertops (or cutting boards) depends on how often they’re used and cleaned and how humid your home is. With average use, you might need to apply oil once a month. You can tell when it’s time for an oil application when the water starts to soak into the wood instead of beading up on the surface. When that’s not on your mind, it may be time to think about kitchen flooring ideas that are trending right now.

What to know about your butcher block countertop

Ready to get out of the kitchen? Here’s what you need to know to get a glass-smooth finish on a tabletop.

Related Posts

What I Regret About Starting a Handyman Business
I made a lot of mistakes when starting my handyman business. Here are just a few: Quoting a painting job and getting...
Read More
How The Coronavirus Will Impact Handyman Businesses And What to Do About It
Updated: 4/27/20 Everyone has Coronavirus on their mind, and rightly so. This could be the most important event in ou...
Read More
Save Time and Money During Tax Time With This One Simple Tip
Filing your taxes can either be a huge pain in the ass or just a small pain in the ass, depending on how organized yo...
Read More