How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

As a wedding gift, a few years back, we received a beautiful personalized wood cutting board from some of our very good friends, practically family.  We’ve used the heck out of it. I know what you’re probably thinking, “Why in the world would you use a personalized cutting board? It’s suppose to be for show only?” Well, you see there are two reasons: 1 Being that I’m not a fan of nicknacks (I think they just collect dust and that’s more work for me) and 2: We don’t have much counter space, so if it’s going to be on my counter it needs to also be functional. (I have it on a stand on the counter, so it’s beautifully displayed and easy to grab)

A few months back my friend Shaun, the cheesecake master chef, was over as I was doing some dinner dishes. We were talking as I reached over and grabbed the cutting board to suds it up. I went to pour the soap directly on the wooden cutting board as I always did and then I saw his face start to grimace. (Imagine this next part in slow motion, it’s funnier that way)

Shaun: NOOOooooo!!! Yoouu’re nooott suppppooose toooo doooo tttthat!!


But it was too late the Dawn: Pomegranate Awakening dishwashing liquid had already hit the surface of the wooden cutting board. Shaun, a pastry chef, hung his head in defeat and disappointment. Apparently wood is very porous and will absorb the soap, which isn’t good for the board. Not to mention it’s not really cleaning the board. Today I’m going to show you how to clean/sanitize your wood cutting board. (So you don’t cause one of your loved ones to almost have a panic attack. Oh and for the health reasons too!!)


Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Lemon

Coarse Salt


Start by cutting the lemon in half and setting it aside.


Next grab the coarse salt and sprinkle a generous amount on top of the cutting board.


Then take your one half of your lemon and rub the salt around, until the entire cutting board is covered. (I go over my board a few times just to be certain). Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

When time is up rinse it off with warm water, towel dry it and place it in an upright position or on a stand. Also if you have wood oil I would recommend applying it to your board it keeps it looking really nice and gives it a longer life.


There you have it ladies and gentlemen, a clean and sanitary wood cutting board. Enjoy!!





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