How To Clean Your Wooden Cutting Board Properly?

If you have a dishwasher then you know how annoying it is that you can’t just throw your wooden cutting boards in there. You actually have to clean them by hand.

The heat and hot water can damage the board and even cause it to crack. I know that you are tempted to wash it in the dishwasher, however, think twice before you do it.

Today, I wanted to show you how I clean my wooden boards by hand.

How To Properly Clean Your Wooden Cutting Board?

Thankfully, all you need in order to properly clean your wooden cutting board is hot water and liquid soap. Rinse the board with hot water, apply some soap, and scrub with your sponge.

Also, make sure you clean both sides of the board – not just the one you used.

If You Cut Raw Meat Then I Would Recommend Cleaning It Like This:

When you are cutting meat on your wooden board you would want to use something stronger than hot soapy water in order to make sure you really remove all the bacteria.

I know some use bleach, however, I don’t like the idea of cleaning something in my kitchen with such strong chemical. Instead, I use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide diluted in water.

I mix one part of the vinegar ( or the hydrogen peroxide) with four parts of water then I soak the cutting board in there for a few minutes before I rinse it well.

Again, you don’t want to leave the board soaking for more than 3 minutes because it might crack.

How I Deep Clean My Wooden Cutting Board?

Cleaning the wooden cutting board with hot soapy water is something you do after every use. Cleaning it with vinegar is something you do after cutting meat on it.

But what to do when you want to deep clean the board? It’s very good to consider deep cleaning it once a month.

I do that with lemon and salt. It’s the easiest way! I sprinkle salt all over my board then I cut a lemon in half and scrub each side of the board with the lemon. Once I am done I leave the lemon juices and salt sit for 5 minutes then I rinse with hot water.