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How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board

A cutting board is essential — even if you only ever cut drink garnishes, slicing limes on a dormroom desk is pretty gross.


  • Step 1: Scrub both sides When you're finished using the board, use a sponge to scrub both sides with hot water and dishwashing liquid.
  • Step 2: Rinse well Rinse well, but do not dunk your board.
  • TIP: Never leave your wooden cutting board in water—the wood can split.
  • Step 3: Rub w/ salt & lemon If stains persist, dust the board with coarse salt and rub the board vigorously with half of a lemon. Rinse.
  • Step 4: Dry with towel Dry the board with a clean towel.
  • Step 5: Allow to dry Place the board in a drying rack or lean it against a clean surface to allow it to dry completely.
  • TIP: If you are drying more than one board, do not stack them.
  • Step 6: Sand down difficult stains For impossible stains, sand the spot down with a piece of fine-grained sandpaper, making sure to go with the grain of the wood. If your friends mock you for your cleanliness, refuse to garnish their drinks.
  • FACT: Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the Western world.

You Will Need

  • A wooden cutting board
  • Hot water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Coarse salt
  • A lemon cut in half
  • A clean
  • dry towel
  • A drying rack or clean surface to lean against
  • Fine-grained sandpaper
  • Food-safe mineral oil

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