How To Clean a Wooden Cutting Board with Lemon and Salt

How To Clean a Wooden Cutting Board with Lemon and Salt

I love to cook and bake the equipment, utensils and and surfaces need cleaning at least once a week especially your wooden cutting board. I also clean my butcher block-top table that I use 90% of the time when I prep the food and desserts I make for that day. Some clean their surfaces once a month but I do it weekly.

I give my wooden chopping boards a spa treatment by using a few simple kitchen ingredients: lemon, salt and a little elbow grease. Read on for instructions on this simple, effective way to give your chopping boards a deep clean.

The procedure is simple. You don’t even have to use a freshly cut lemon — a mostly squeezed lemon will do here and it is a great way to use one up from a cooking project. I have used baking soda in the mix but I love just lemon and salt for this job.

How To Clean Wood Cutting Boards with Lemon and Salt

What You Need

1 lemon, cut in half
Coarse salt
Bench scraper
Warm water
Sponge or cloth


  1. Apply salt: Sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt.
  2. Scour the surface: Using a lemon half with the cut side down, scour the surface, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go.
  3. Let sit, then scrape off: Let sit for 5 minutes, and then scrape the gray, dirty liquid into a small bowl using a bench scraper, and discard.
  4. Rinse: Give the surface a final rinse with a clean wet sponge.

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