Suitable Methods for Cleaning Wooden Cutting Board


In order to maintain your wooden cutting board for a long period of time, you must make sure to keep it always in dry condition especially if you are not using it. Proper caring of the wooden board can make it last longer. Whenever you are choosing your wooden cutting board, you must ensure that is suitable enough to be placed on your countertop. For first time usage, you need to season the board with mineral oil right until the mineral oil no longer soaks the surface of the board. After that, you have to wipe off any excess mineral oil with a clean cloth. The seasoning of the board should be done on a regular basis. One of the most suitable ways for cleaning your wooden board is by using lemon juice where it is considered as a natural bleach solution. It does not only helps you clean the wooden board but also deodorize and bleach away any stains on the surface of the boards. In addition, this natural solution also works well on any other wooden utensil that you have in your kitchen area.


To clean wooden cutting boards, you need:

  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Clean Rags or towel
  • Sponges
  • Hot water
  • Table salt
  • Lemon wedge
  • Abrasive antibacterial cleaner (for tough stain)
  • Scouring pad
  • Sandpaper (for severe stains)
  • White vinegar or hydrogen peroxide


How to Clean Wooden Cutting Board

Suitable Methods for Cleaning Wooden Cutting Board

  • The first thing that you need to do is to wipe your wooden cutting board by using a sponge that you dip in hot and soapy water as soon as you finished using the cutting board.
    • Then, rinse the board completely. This will eliminates enough bacteria in order for the board to maintain its safe level.
    • Do not submerge your wooden cutting board into dishwater once you have used it because it will transfer pathogens into the wash water. Due to its porous surface, it will easily absorb water that can cause the wood to split and warp.


Always remember not to leave your wooden cutting board in any standing water if you do not want to see the wood to split and warp.

  • In order to remove minor stains on the wooden board, you can simply sprinkle some table salt on the affected surface before rubbing the area by using a lemon wedge.
    • The mixture of salt and lemon wedge can even helps you create an abrasive solution for removing stubborn stains.
    • This solution can be applied onto the board and scrub it by using a clean cloth.
    • For stubborn stains, you can leave the mixture to sit on the affected surface for a few minutes before you can scrub the stain much easier.


  • If you encounter tough stain, you need to use an abrasive antibacterial cleaner along with scouring pad to get rid of the stain.


  • You can also use fine sandpaper and rub it on the board if you want to remove any severe stains.
    • Make sure that you rub the sandpaper along your wooden board’s grain.
    • After that, you have to rinse the cutting board thoroughly.


  • You also need to disinfect the cutting board from bacteria by spraying undiluted white vinegar onto it and then allow it to dry thoroughly.
    • Research done by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management, whenever you wipe or spray wooden cutting board using white vinegar, it will help you to remove any harmful bacteria that still resides within the board even after you have cleaned it. The white vinegar can also help you neutralizes any of the unpleasant odors coming from the wooden board.
    • For those of you who do not have white vinegar, you can also make use of an undiluted solution of standard 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing the board. The hydrogen peroxide needs to be applied using a cloth or paper towel before you start to wipe the cutting board.


  • Finally, you can use a clean towel so that you can wipe off any excess water.
    • By leaning the cutting board against your countertop can also allow for an even dry.

In order to make the surface of your wooden cutting board looking sleeker, you can wipe the board by using a small amount an extra virgin olive oil onto the clean wooden surface. Apart from that, it will also provide you with an extra coating which will protect it from stains during future usage.

Always remember that whenever you want to clean your wooden cutting board,

  • Make it a habit to clean the board right after using it for sanitary purposes.
  • In order to maintain the wood’s attractive appearance, you can use a food-safe mineral oil to polish the board.
  • Remember to avoid cleaning the board using your dishwasher. Even though, it helps you sanitize the board but it will also severely damaged the board along the way.
  • If you find that the board produces unpleasant odors, you need to rub some salt or use some baking soda over the surface. Leave it for a few minutes before wiping it off and rinse the board. Besides that, you can also squeeze half a lemon onto the board and rub it across the surface of the board in order to produce a nice smell.


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