Handy Home Hints

How to clean your wooden chopping boards

For many people wood is the material of choice for a chopping board, but it’s important to keep it clean. Most aren’t dishwasher safe, so here are four ways of giving them a thorough clean.

November 10, 2022

Good old soap and water

Wash with a bit of dish soap, rinse in hot water, wipe clean and allow to air dry.

Salt and lemon

Sprinkle the board with coarse salt. Scrub the salt into the board using half a lemon (fleshy side down). Let the salt and lemon solution sit for about five minutes then rinse the board with hot water and allow to air dry. More uses for versatile lemons

Bi-carb soda

Mix one tablespoon of bi-carb soda, one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of water to form a paste. Give your chopping board a good scrub with the paste, then rinse thoroughly with hot water and air dry. The difference between baking soda, baking powder and bi-carb soda


Mix one-part white vinegar to four parts water and thoroughly scrub your chopping board with the solution. Rinse off and air dry. Clean with vinegar and save $$$


  • When drying your cutting boards, place it in an upright position where air can circulate. This allows the board to dry out completely.
  • Keep them as dry as possible. For example, never leave them sitting in a sink full of water as this can lead to warping and cracking, making them unhygienic.  
  • Never put them in the dishwasher as the moisture will do more harm than good. 8 things you should never put in your dishwasher

To avoid a build-up of dirt and bacteria, plus food which can lead to staining, wipe and clean your board after each use

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