How to Clean a Cutting Board

Cleaning a Wooden Cutting Board

Cleaning a Cutting Board

Time needed: 5 Minutes

Materials:

Category: Kitchen

Frequency: Quarterly


I don’t know about you, but I do a lot of meal prep.  Sometimes, on Sundays I prepare enough for the entire week and put it into storage containers. If I’m not organized that week then I find myself standing over my Boos Cutting board every breakfast, lunch and dinner chopping and cutting veggies and prepping food for the next meal.

I choose to use a wooden cutting board for everything, partly because I’m a life-long vegetarian, and also because everything I’ve ever read, and all the professional chef’s I’ve talked to prefer a wooden board to keep their knives razor sharp.  I understand a plastic cutting board isn’t as porous, and prevents cross-contamination better, but since I don’t worry about bacteria from meat, I feel comfortable with my single maple cutting block.

Even so, after I chop up an especially pungent onion, or finely chop some fresh garlic, or grate a little ginger for a stir fry, the board can retain some of the flavor and smells from the previous activity.  That’s when I take a few minutes to completely clean the cutting board, and get it ready for the next item.

How to clean a cutting board

  1. Use a clean, damp towel and wipe it down
  2. Sprinkle baking soda all over the surface.  You can’t really use too much or too little.
  3. Cut a fresh lemon in half and using the cut end down, press into the baking soda and cutting board.  The lemon juice will react with the baking soda and fizz a little bit.  This is how you know it’s working.
  4. Rub all over the cutting board with the lemon.  For my size board, one of the larger ones, I need to use 4 halves or 2 whole lemons.  I use a combo of circular motions and longer side to side rubs.
  5. Clean off the lemon juice and baking soda with a slightly damp kitchen towel.  Depending on how big your board is, and how much baking soda you used, you may have to rinse the towel a few times to get it 100% clean.

Then I drop the lemon sections into the garbage disposal.  This freshens the garbage disposal, and makes the kitchen smell fresh and lemon-ey!

After cleaning, I immediately follow up with sealing my cutting board with a fresh coat of Mineral Oil to seal and protect the cutting board.  This step helps to make sure it will last a lifetime!

Note – because I have a solid wood cutting board, I NEVER submerge it in water, or put it in the dishwasher.  This would totally destroy it.  I only wipe it down with clean towels, and use this method to clean it.  It’s the way my grandma did, and her board lasted her entire lifetime!

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Clean your cutting board with Lemons

Cut the lemons in half

Sprinkle baking soda or salt on board

Scrub board with lemon and baking soda

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