If you’ve noticed a smell coming from your wooden cutting board, you probably need this! Whether it’s just from daily use or an especially garlicky meal, this will get that stink out! Keep reading to learn how to clean a wooden cutting board.
A smelly cutting board lesson
Once, Alex came home super late from work hungry and made himself some pasta with fresh chopped garlic. He made himself his meal and left our wooden cutting board in the sink until the morning.
You guys, I could smell the damn garlic in that stupid cutting board for DAYS.
I washed and washed and washed it and I would think the smell was gone until it dried and I walked past it and it the pungent smell made me gag. A real problem, you guys.
I did a bunch of Googling for how to get smells out of wooden cutting boards and found a few different “solutions.” Including sanding it down an eighth of an inch or simply throwing it out.
So with a hope and a prayer, I tried a few things and found something that worked.
It’s easy, uses 2 ingredients you probably have on hand, and works, plain and simple. Also, it’s natural!
Cleaning wooden cutting boards FAQ
A mix of lemon and baking soda is a great natural way to remove the smell.
For daily cleaning, hand washing is a must. Never put your wooden cutting board into the
For deep cleaning, scrub it with this deodorizing mix!
Always wash as soon as possible with hot water and soap after each use.
Occasionally use this
How to clean a wooden cutting board
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to get smells out of a wooden cutting board
- Wet cutting board.
This helps for everything to stick a bit better.
- Sprinkle with baking soda.
I do a pretty thick coat. You definitely don’t want to skimp.
- Add a cleansing acid.
Try lemon, lime or distilled white vinegar. You’ll want just enough to make a paste – start with 1 or 2 tablespoons. You don’t want it super liquidy, but you do want it spreadable. I’ve used both fresh or bottled lemon or lime.
- Scrub the paste in.
Rub in the goo and scrub it in hard. The smell will get stronger. It will probably be gross. It’s all the stink stuck in your cutting board coming out. Add more liquid if it gets too dry.
- Let it sit.
I let it sit until it dries. I have no idea if it helps, but I feel like it does. Sometimes I skip this step if I’m running late.
- Rinse it off.
If it smells really bad, I’ll take a copper scrubber and scrub, scrub, scrub away.
- Let dry and use!
If it’s really bad, leave it in a sunny spot while it dries. The UV rays will help to sanitize it and remove stains and smells.