Lemon and a teaspoon of salt on a wooden chopping board

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 them clean. Most aren’t dishwasher safe, so here are four ways of cleaning and maintaining them.

April 9, 2020
Lemon and a teaspoon of salt on a wooden chopping board

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.


Mix one-part white vinegar to four parts water. Soak your board in the solution for a few minutes then rinse off and air dry.

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.

When drying your cutting boards, place it in an upright position where air can circulate. This allows the board to dry out completely.

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