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.

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

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.

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.

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.