How to Clean a Cutting Board: 7 Effective Treatments

- Aug 16, 2018-

How to Clean a Cutting Board: 7 Effective Treatments


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You should regularly clean and disinfect your plastic and wooden cutting boards; here’s how.

Using water and dishwashing detergent can weaken surface wood fibers on cutting boards and butcher block countertops. To disinfect and clean your wooden surfaces, wipe them instead with full-strength white vinegar after each use.

The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against

such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. When your wooden cutting surface needs deodorizing

as well as disinfecting, spread some baking soda over it and then spray

on undiluted white vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for five to ten

minutes, then rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.


Hydrogen peroxide is a surefire bacteria-killer—just the ally you

need to fight the proliferation of bacteria on your cutting board,

especially after you cut chicken or other meat. To kill the germs on

your cutting board, use a paper towel to wipe the board down with

vinegar, then use another paper towel to wipe it with hydrogen peroxide.

Ordinary 3% peroxide is fine

If your cutting board smells after you chop onions, crush garlic, cut raw and cooked meat and chicken, or prepare fish, get rid of the odor and help sanitize the cutting

board by rubbing it all over with the cut side of half a lemon. You can also wash your cutting board in

undiluted lemon juice from a bottle.

Keep your wooden or plastic cutting board cleaner by occasionally

scrubbing it with a paste made from 1 tablespoon each baking soda, salt,

and water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.


If you clean cutting boards and breadboards with soap and water,

rub them afterwards with a damp cloth dipped in salt. The boards will be lighter

and brighter in color. You can also create a paste of salt and lemon juice, and use it to deep clean your cutting board as needed


For a butcher block cutting board or countertop, you never want to use furniture polish or any other household

cleaner. Instead,

clean the surface with a brush dipped in a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach

diluted in 2 quarts (2 liters) water. Scrub in small circles, and be

careful not to saturate the wood. Wipe with a slightly damp paper towel,

then immediately buff dry with a clean cloth