When was the last time you cleaned your wooden knife block? Weeks, months, years, never? It’s ok, I won’t tell. Your wooden knife block is one of those things that we don’t think about cleaning but we should. Crumbs, dust and bacteria can and will find their way into those tiny slots so we need to make sure we clean them out and keep them out!
Step 1: Blast Off!
After removing all knives and tools pick up the knife block and turn it upside over your sink or trash. Give it is few solid taps to shake out the crumbs and dust. To clean it out even further, grab some canned air (found in the computer section of most stores) and give each slot and crevice a blast.
Step 2: Scrub a Dub Dub
Set the the knife block in the sink and wash the exterior and slots with warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth or sponge.
To kill bacteria hiding in tiny crevices, pour hydrogen peroxide or distilled vinegar into each slot and let sit for a few minutes. Once complete, turn the block upside down to drain and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
If you don’t want to completely submerge your knife block in water, dip a pipe cleaner in distilled vinegar and clean each slot separately.
Step 3: Dry, Dry, Dry
Place knife block upside down on a counter and allow to dry completely before replacing the knives.
Step 4: Keeping it Clean
Keep you knife block clean by wiping the exterior with a vinegar/water solution frequently, and use the canned air once in a while to keep dust and crumbs from settling in. In addition, always make sure your knives are clean and completely dry before storing in the wooden knife block.