How to Clean Wooden Cutting Boards

Since we have a puppy running around, if I go a few days without cleaning the floors or washing Pete’s food bowl the grime just builds up! Because of this, I’ve been very diligent about keeping our kitchen clean. There is one part of my kitchen that could use a little T.L.C. – my wooden cutting boards. Don’t get me wrong. I always rinse them down after using, but it’s been months (gasp!) since they’ve been given the royal treatment.  

How to Clean Wooden Cutting Boards at

How to Clean Wooden Cutting Boards at

How to Clean Wooden Cutting Boards at


Cleaning your wooden cutting board doesn’t have to be a chore, especially since it takes only 5 steps!

  1. Spread a layer of salt on top of your cutting board.
  2. Use half a lemon to rub the salt around the board. Squeeze the lemon to allow the juice to coat the board. 
  3. After a few minutes of scrubbing, rinse thoroughly with water. 
  4. Let the board air dry.
  5. Once the board is completely dry, rub coconut oil (or mineral oil) all over the surface. Let sit overnight.


Never soak your wooden cutting board in water. The water expands the wood fibers, causing the board to crack.
Never put your wooden cutting board in the dishwasher.
Do not use other organic oils, such as olive oil. The fats can spoil and cause your board to smell. 

I’m sharing this post on the following link parties today: Just a Girl and Her Blog, Stacey Embracing Change, Lamberts LatelyThe Happy Housie, House by Hoff, and Ginger Snap Crafts.  



    • September 24, 2014 / 8:32 am

      Thanks Danielle πŸ™‚

  1. September 24, 2014 / 6:56 am

    Well, it does seem like a chore (lol) because it’s more than sticking it in the dishwasher — but I LOVE this idea and am totally doing it — thanks for the idea!

    • September 24, 2014 / 8:32 am

      No problem, Jennifer! Glad I could help!

    • September 24, 2014 / 8:31 am

      Yeah the coconut oil is a wonderful alternative to mineral oil πŸ™‚

  2. September 24, 2014 / 9:11 am

    I didn’t know this so it was extremely helpful for me! Sending it to my mom too since we were talking about this not too long ago.


    • September 24, 2014 / 9:18 am

      So glad you enjoyed this post, Stacy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. September 24, 2014 / 9:30 am

    I love wooden cutting boards but they are so hard to get clean. Thanks for the tips!

    • September 24, 2014 / 9:39 am

      I completely agree, Alysia. I never bought one until a few years ago. But now that I know how to clean them, I’m a huge fan. The plastic ones I have look absolutely disgusting. They can never get as clean!

  4. September 24, 2014 / 11:14 am

    What perfect timing! I’ve been wanting to clean my wood cutting board. Thanks for sharing!

    • September 24, 2014 / 11:32 am

      No problem, Erin! Glad I could help. It’s super easy!

  5. September 29, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Love this! Doing it today.

  6. February 6, 2015 / 5:46 am

    While not a part of cleaning, it’s always good practice after your board is dried to rub mineral oil onto your cutting board. Do not use other organic oils, as the fats in those oils can and will spoil, turning rancid and causing your cutting board to stink. The natural oil that you can use is coconut oil, which will not go rancid. Oils work by occupying the space in the wood fibers and preventing water from entering your board and causing cracks and splits. These little crevices are where bacteria love to hide and multiply, so preventing your board from having small fractures is the key to keeping your cutting board sanitary.

    Best regards! Romford Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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