The Proper Way to Clean A Wooden Kitchen Cutting Board

By Global Master Chef Karl Guggenmos

Kitchen cutting boards come in a variety of materials, like bamboo and composite material or wood.  

My preference and the gold standard is the wooden board because:

  • They are porous therefore easy on the knives.
  • If cleaned properly they are very safe and very versatile.
  • They are made specifically from appropriate wood.

How to properly clean wooden cutting boards:

  1. Wash with soap and warm water.
  2. Scrub with a bristle brush.
  3. Rinse with hot water.
  4. Let it dry.
  5. Every 4 weeks pour coarse salt on the board after washing and let it dry.
  6. Rinse with water and lemon juice.
  7. Brush with mineral oil.

Note: when cutting on any board, make sure to have a wet cloth or paper towel underneath to prevent the board from slipping.

Good luck!


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