Here’s the thing about knife blocks: We don’t actually recommend them. The blades of your knives are sold to you as an expensive set of knives when you pull them in and out of their holders that you don’t really need and they can burn some deadly mold (and even bacteria) in that dark, hard-to-find. In the arrival slot. Instead we suggest the magnetic knife strip instead but we totally found that some people already have wooden knife blocks or they should be preferred for whatever reason. Are you one of those people? Don’t worry, we won’t tell you what to do and get rid of love – instead, we’ll just tell you how to clean it up.
Why you need to clean your knife block
Moisture is a friend of mold and bacteria, so if you don’t always clean and dry your knives before returning them to your knives, you may have some unwanted growth in that knife slot. Or maybe your block sits on the counter which sometimes gets wet and well, you don’t think to lift the block of your knife up and clean and dry the bottom of it – are we okay?
You see the mold growing on the outside of your block, but it would be nice to know that you gave your block a good clean even if you didn’t. The process is a bit long, but you really should do it in a month or so. (Or, again, just invest in a magnetic knife strip – so easy to clean!).
You will need something strong besides just soap and water. We call for a blended bleach solution, but you can replace distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
Take out all the knives: This is probably obvious, but you will want to take out all your knives to clean that knife block. When you’re at it, why not wash them (hot, with soapy water) and dry them (completely) (Image credit: Joe Lingman)
- How to clean a knife block
- What do you want
- Pipe cleaner or small bottle brush
- Scrubby sponge or brush
- Dishwashing soap
- Take out all the knives: This is probably obvious, but you will want to take out all your knives to clean that knife block. When you were there, why not wash them (with hot, soapy water) and dry them (completely)?
- Clean the slots: Lift your block, turn it, and shake any cramps. Turn it over to the right and if you think there are pieces left over
- Clean the outside of the block with soapy water: Gently scrub the outside of the block using a scrubby sponge or brush, soap, and water. Avoid using excess water! Humidity is why you have mold in the first place.
- Wipe the block with a clean, damp cloth: Once you give it a good scrub and get rid of any mistakes, use a clean, damp cloth to clean.
- Use a scraper to remove excess moisture and soap residue: To make sure you are truly free from all moisture and soap, grab a scrap and run it through all sides of your block. Then, wipe the block again with another clean, dry cloth.
- Let the block dry completely: If you still want to let it dry for a while, do the first part at night and in the morning you will be ready to bleach.
- Clean the outside of the butcher block with bleach: Make a mixed bleach solution with one teaspoon of bleach and four cups of water. Clean the outside of the butcher block using a scrub brush and bleach solution.
- Use a pipe cleaner to clean the slots: Now use a bleach solution and a pipe cleaner (or bottle brush) to clean the inside of the slots.
- Wipe the block with a clean, damp cloth: When you feel your block is clean, wipe the block with a clean, dry cloth to make sure you are as dry as possible.
- Allow the block to dry completely: Let the block of your knife sit for another 12 hours (or more) so that it dries completely.
- Put your knives back: OK, you’re back. Put your clean, dry knife back on.
If the block of your knife is really, visually molded and the steps above do not release the mold, you will need to use sandpaper on the sand on the surface of the block.