Cutting Board Baking Soda Cleaner

Use this baking soda mix to clean your wood cutting boards without damaging them.

  • Wooden cutting boards last longer than plastic boards if they are properly cared for.
    Photo courtesy of Countryman Press
  • “The Baking Soda Companion” by Suzy Scherr brings together the best uses of baking soda into one friendly guide.
    Photo courtesy of Countryman Press

In The Baking Soda Companion (Countryman Press, 2018), Suzy Scherr offers her favorite baking soda secrets to make your everyday life a little brighter. With 75 recipes for cooking, beauty, cleaning, and more, Scherr combines the best baking soda tips into one comprehensive household guide. The following excerpt is her baking soda hack for cleaning cutting boards.

Allow me to assume that if you are reading this page, then you are like most people. Meaning, you are a person who owns at least one cutting board. If your cutting board is made of plastic, skip to the next page to read why you should consider using a wooden one; meanwhile go ahead and toss your plastic board in the dishwasher, because that’s the easiest way to clean it. Boom. Done. And by the way, please, please, pleeeeeease do not use a glass, metal, or marble cutting board. Why? First of all: the sound of a knife on glass. Eeeeeeek. But also, those surfaces are way too hard on your knife blade. We’re talking about a one- way ticket to Dullsville. If, however, you are the lucky owner of a wooden cutting board, then we need to chat about the complicated relationship you’re involved in. You see, to keep a wooden board in good working order, you’ve got to give it a little extra love and attention. To clean and sanitize it, you can’t just chuck it into the dishwasher. That’ll crack and warp your board. But you can easily keep your board beautiful and clean— just follow these easy steps.


• 1/4 to 1/2 cup kosher salt
• 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1 to 2 tablespoons water
• Mineral oil or another food- grade oil that isn’t prone to rancidity


To keep your board clean on a daily basis:

1. In the center of your board, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of kosher salt, depending on the size— bigger boards need more salt. Add enough lemon juice to make a paste.

2. Using a sponge or cloth, scour the board thoroughly, then rinse with clean water.

Once a week:

1. Pour between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of baking soda (again depending on the cutting board’s size) onto your still- damp cutting board. Add enough water to make a paste.

2. Using a sponge or cloth, scour the board thoroughly. You may find that odors are released from the board during this step. If it stinks, you’re doing good work!

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