How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board Naturally

With no doubt I claim that the wooden cutting boards are the most convenient and practical ones. Their only disadvantage is that they are hard to clean and maintain. The biggest enemies of the wooden cutting board are grease, spices, onion, garlic and fish. Do you want your cutting board to smell nice and be clean? If yes, here are several tips for cleaning your cutting board naturally.

Salt and Lemon Juice

Pour enough quantity of cooking salt directly on the cutting board. Squeeze some lemon juice over it and then rub the mixture into the wooden surface with a sponge. It’s good to leave it like that for a couple of hours. The lemon juice will be absorbed and the salt will dry out. If there is any moisture left, wipe it with a paper towel.

If you don’t have time for the whole procedure, you can simply rub the wood with the leftovers of a peeled lemon – it will clean and deodorise the cutting board immediately.

Baking Soda

In the centre of the cutting board make a solution of 4-5 spoons of baking soda and several spoons of water. Spread the paste gently over the surface and rub it until the cutting board starts to smell. This means that the pores of the wood are open and all the bad smells layered in it are coming out. After that, rinse well with water and absorb with a paper towel.


You can maintain the wooden cutting board regularly with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water. Simply rinse the board with the solution and let it dry in vertical position. The vinegar guarantees that there will be no bacteria or bad smell on the cutting board, once it’s completely dry.


The numerous washing of the wood with abrasive detergents and then the process of drying can cause cracking and fissuring of the surface. In order to increase the life time of your cutting board you should carefully spread beeswax or almond butter on its surface.

Cleaning With Vinegar – The Cheapest Method Possible

You may or may not be aware that White distilled vinegar is just the job for a multitude of household cleaning tasks. Cleaning with Vinegar is great for killing germs, bacteria and mold, this is due to the high levels of acidity, it really is a great alternative to using harsh, powerful chemicals. Not to mention its good for the environment is very cost effective.

Here are some great cleaning tips that make use of undiluted white vinegar

  • A cloth soaked in it is great for cleaning your counter tops, it will kill all the germs and bacteria too.
  • Do you have a smelly drain ? No problem mix one cup of baking soda with one cup of it, pour down the offending drain and leave for 10 minutes before washing away.
  • Mix 1 part water with 1 part white distilled vinegar and use this with a cloth to clean the shelves and the walls of your fridge.
  • Keep the inside of your dishwasher clean and sparkling by pouring a cup of it inside and running through a cycle.  If you repeat this on a regular basis, the inside of your dishwasher will soon look like new again.
  • Do you get limescale building up inside your kettle ? Add a cup of it to the water in the kettle, bring to the boil, then leave overnight.  In the morning rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  • Do your lunch boxes smell of last weeks lunch ?  Soak a slice of bread in it and leave it in the lunch box overnight.
  • If you find that you have ants in the house in hot weather, they can be discouraged by spraying it, undiluted, around doorways, windows and anywhere else you spot them.
  • If you have every struggled to remove an adhesive label or price tag, then soak a cloth in white  vinegar and cover the offending label.  After being left overnight you will find the label just slides off.
  • If your tile grout is looking old and discolored, you can spray it, undiluted, on the grout, and after a few minutes, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub it clean.
  • Fed up of getting streaky limescale deposits on your shower doors or shower screen ? Spray with it, undiluted, before you take a shower, and say goodbye to streaky glass.