How To Clean A Bamboo Cutting Board

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Almost any chef out there will recommend that you get a wooden cutting board.

And out of all the different woods out there, bamboo is one of the best materials that you can use.

It’s durable, lightweight, renewable, and on top of all of that, it has a very unique and simple aesthetic to it.

But if you already have one of these in your kitchen, it’s very important to make sure that you maintain it well.

And proper maintenance starts with regular cleaning.

In this article, we’re taking a close look at how to clean a bamboo cutting board at home.

Read on to learn more!

The Cleaning Techniques

There are a couple of different ways to clean these types of boards, and the right method depends a lot on the state of your cutting board.

We’ll be going through a couple of these methods in this section.

Regular Washing

Firstly, we’re going to start with a regular wash.

This will need to be done after every use, regardless of what ingredients were cut or sliced to make sure that it stays sanitary.

To do this, all you’ll need is some water and soap.

Make sure to wash the board immediately after use and not to let it sit in the water for too long or come in contact with hot water as that can damage the wood.

Start by giving it a good rinse with some regular tap water, making sure not to let too much water get on it.

When that is done, you can begin soaping it and scrubbing it with dish soap and a non-abrasive sponge.

After soaping both sides, the next step is to rinse off the soap with lukewarm water.

Once all the soap has been rinsed off, get a clean towel and dry your cutting board as much as possible.

Leaving the wood wet for a long period of time can affect the finish and overall durability of the wood, so drying it as quickly as possible is very important.

Once all those steps are finished, simply store the board in a cool and dry place until you need to use it again.

Removing Stains & Deodorizing

If the cutting surface gets old, stains and odors are sometimes unavoidable.

Luckily, removing them can be very easy, and all you’ll need is salt and lemon.

Start by sprinkling coarse salt onto the surface of the wood, preferably sea salt or kosher salt, and make sure it is generously covered.

This is best done right after washing the cutting board.

After sprinkling salt, cut a lemon in half and begin rubbing the pulpy side of the fruit onto the board.

This removes stains, bacteria, and helps deodorize.

Make sure to press the fruit into the salt and rub it back and forth until the salt disappears.

It’s also very important to scrub the sides and corners of the board, so make sure to keep that in mind.

After all the salt has disappeared, it’s time to cover the surface in yet another layer of coarse salt.

However, this time, you won’t be scrubbing it off.

Instead, leave the salt on the cutting surface overnight, or at the very least, 2 hours.

This will give the salt and the lemon juice enough time to really seep into the wood and do their job.

And in the morning, all you’ll have to do is wipe the salt off with a clean towel and your cutting board will be good as new.

For darker and tougher stains, you can also try using baking soda instead.

Regular Maintenance

Lastly, to regularly maintain your cutting board, you need to make sure to oil it or “season” it from time to time.

This will restore it to its regular state along with hydrating and nourishing the board.

It’s best to use coconut oil for this or any oil that is low in unsaturated fat.

Simply drizzle some oil onto the surface and wipe it with a towel, leaving it to soak for at least an hour before removing any excess and storing it in a cool and dry place.

Conclusion

And that’s about all you’re going to need to know about cleaning your bamboo cutting board.

It isn’t too much work, and it will do a great deal in extending its life.

Just keep in mind to wash it after every use, season it from time to time, and not leave it out wet for too long.

Aside from that, there really isn’t much more to remember.

Bamboo cutting boards are some of the best on the market today and are used by numerous home cooks and professional chefs all around the world.

They are very durable, easy to maintain, have a simple rustic aesthetic, and are simply a joy to use in the kitchen.

And they can last you years upon years if you make sure to maintain it properly.

Further reading:

Cutting Board Safety – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Last Updated on June 23, 2021 by Andy Wang

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My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.