How To Clean a French-Style Wooden Rolling Pin

What You Need
Wooden rolling pin (any style)

- Equipment
- Bench scraper
- Damp scrubby dishtowel
- Dry dish towel
- Mineral oil or butcher block oil (optional, every few cleanings)
- Terry cloth towel (optional, every few cleanings)


1. Scrape off any bits of stuck-on dough: To avoid gouging your rolling pin, hold it vertically with one end resting on the countertop. Use your other hand to hold the bench scraper at an angle to the rolling pin, and scrape down the side. Rotate the rolling pin and continue to scrape, always with downward strokes, until you've removed all of the stuck-on dough and flour.

2. Scrub the rolling pin clean: With the damp terry cloth, scrub the rolling pin firmly until it's completely clean and no residue remains. If it's quite dirty, you may have to rinse out your cloth once or twice and go over the rolling pin again.

3. Dry thoroughly: Use the dry dish towel to remove any excess moisture from the rolling pin, then set it down to dry.

4. Oil the rolling pin: Regularly oiling your rolling pin will increase its longevity considerably, keeping the wood conditioned and preventing cracks from forming. Dab a few drops of mineral oil or butcher block oil onto the lint-free cleaning cloth, then rub it into the entire surface of the pin. Let dry out on the counter for an hour or so, allowing the oil absorb into the pin completely before returning to storage.

Cleaning Notes:

  • Don't use soap. Ever. Don't do it! It'll strip the wood of its natural oils, shortening the life of your rolling pin.
  • Never leave the rolling pin soaking in water. Even if you've got lots of stuck on dough, it's a much better idea to scrape and scrub it off than to soak the rolling pin. Soaking can cause the wood to bow, warp, or crack. Additionally, if you've got the sort of rolling pin with handles and metal components, the metal can rust when soaked since there is no good way to get the inside of the pin thoroughly dry.