How to keep your wooden chopping board clean and healthy

You’ve treated yourself to a beautiful new chunky, solid wood chopping board and it now has pride of place in your kitchen. But one question that’s now inevitably in your head is how an earth do you keep it clean and healthy? After all, it’s natural wood so it’s going to need something to stop it warping and drying out - so how exactly can you keep it clean and in pristine condition?

Use mild detergent to clean your wooden chopping board

You can scrub your chopping board with hot water and soap, but never submerge it in a sink of water, as this will cause it to crack as it dries!  Make sure you always rinse and dry it thoroughly - use a sponge to soak up excess water from your board. Allow it to naturally and dry it upright on its edge; like you would a plate in a rack. Do not dry it in hot sunshine or close to your AGA, as will cause it to warp and split.


If you want to eliminate the smell of garlic, onion or anything else from your board, rub it with coarse salt and half a lemon. Alternatively, you can use baking soda or vinegar - leave for a few minutes and rinse. You can also sanitise and deodorise your wooden chopping board by spraying it with a solution of 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar, and then wipe it down with a sponge or cloth.

Treating your wooden chopping board with mineral oil will keep it healthy

All of the wooden chopping boards we sell don’t leave our workshop until they have been treated with at least two coats of oil. We then advise you to continue conditioning the board with a food-safe oil, such as White Mineral Oil on a regular basis.

To make this super-easy for you we even include a small bottle of it with every new board we send out and when you run out you can simply buy more from your local DIY shop or an online retailer such as Amazon. If you want to know how exactly to use White Mineral Oil, head on over to our FAQs, as we give you complete instructions on how to apply it, there.

And of course, if you’re looking to buy yourself a beautiful new wooden chopping board, why not take a look at what we have available? With a choice of chopping boards available, you’ll find our online shop the perfect place for your next wooden chopping board. Whether you’re looking to replace an old one or looking for a gift for a friend or family member, you’ll find a wooden chopping board to suit your needs - from the classic oak board, through to quirky and useful wooden board you didn’t know you needed (such as our awesome egg and soldiers board!). And of course, they can all be engraved with a message of your choice, making them truly unique to you!

Posted on June 22nd 2020

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