How to Clean a Knife Block

In order to make sure that the knife block stays clean, you should use hot soapy water and a small brush. This way, all of the crumbs will come out and there won’t be any dirt left in between slots!

A knife block is a wooden or plastic holder which contains slots for knives to be inserted and stored safely. Knives are not meant for storage in the drawer, as drawer blades can dull them over time.

If you want to keep your knives sharp and clean, here is are the things you need to prepare, remember and do.

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To make that your blocks are sanitary, prepare the following materials needed in cleaning the knife storage.

  1. scrubbing brush
  2. clean rags or paper towels
  3. soap (dish or antibacterial)


Before starting the cleaning process, make sure to take note of the following pointers.

  • The wood of the storage block must be dry before you clean it.
  • Find a safe place for your block to air dry before you clean it. This is necessary as cleaning it while still damp will result in scratches and splintering of the wood’s surface.
  • Do not place your block in a location with high moisture; this will affect its quality over time, specifically when you plan to use it for cutting.
  • Clean the block after a week or two of use, just as you clean your knives.
  • Do not overexpose wooden blocks to water.

Caution: Blocks made of wood products are also susceptible to moisture. Wood, particularly when wet, can expand and even break very easily.


Follow the succeeding steps to make sure that your knife block is properly cleaned.

Step Number 1: Remove all blades from your knife holder.

Step Number 2: If possible, rinse the block with running water.

Step Number 3: Use a cleaner such as dish soap to remove grease and food particles from the wood. For plastic blocks, use warm water mixed with mild detergent to rub away stubborn dirt.

Step Number 4: Let the block dry completely before proceeding to the next step. Make sure that the block is dry to avoid or at least minimize scratches and splinters when you scrub it.

Step Number 5: Dampen a clean cloth in soapy water, then wipe the block softly using a small circular motion until it is dry again. If you prefer, wipe the block using a damp cloth dipped in mild detergent. This will help loosen accumulated dirt and grease, then scrub it again until dry.

Step Number 6: Scrub those blocks with a brush to ensure that dirt is off of them completely.

Step Number 7: Wipe it clean using rags or paper towels. If you are using rags, then in the succeeding step, place it to dry.

Step Number 8: Lastly, make sure that you are properly drying off your cleaned holders and knives so they do not get damaged.

Note: You may choose to apply mineral oil or a little lemon oil to your woodblock holder. This will keep it protected from moisture.

Final Verdict

The kitchen should be the heart of the home, but it is also where a lot of food and dirt is found. Hence, to keep your kitchen in condition for better living, you need to maintain your knives blocks properly by cleaning them regularly.

As the adage says, cleanliness is next to godliness. I say a clean knife block is next to healthfulness.

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