How to: Clean a Wood Cutting Board and Clean Fruits and Vegetables Naturally

I chop, dice, and mince lots of things. Especially my Cajun mire poix (Cajun trinity). That means my cutting board gets plenty of use. I used to give it a good cleaning with household bleach but once I found out the effects of bleach I looked for an alternative. I found a natural solution sitting on my counter!

I just sprinkle some baking soda and sea salt over the surface and then use 1/2 lemon to scrub. That’s it!

For cutting boards that have been used to cut raw meats, straight vinegar with salt works well. I highly suggest you have separate cutting boards for produce and raw meats.

My family eats a lot of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, where we live organic (or pesticide free) produce is hard to come by. Sometimes we have to just suck it up and buy stuff on our dirty dozen list then clean it as best as we can. For example, bellpeppers are on the list of foods you should buy organic, but our stores don’t always carry organic bellpeppers. That is when we use our veggie spray.

The veggie spray can actually be used for all produce. You just spray it on. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse away. It will remove most of the pesticide residue and bacteria. The longer it sits the more it kills. This should not be used as a substitute all the time. Pesticides still get into the fruit of the produce if isn’t grown organically, but if you are in a pinch then this will be better than a normal rinse.

Veggie Spray (for all produce)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to mix.
To use spray on produce and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse.

Here are some free printable labels for your produce spray. For best results, print on mailing labels or Avery sticker paper. After adhering to bottle, use contact paper over the label to give it added protection.

Other posts in this series: Homemade All Natural Cleaning Products

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  1. Great tip, I’ve been trying to get my wood cutting board truly clean and this tip did the trick, so thanks for sharing!

  2. Laura Hild says:

    for the fruit and veggie wash how do you mix it without it exploding!

  3. Patricia Weigand says:

    Will this mixture keep very long and does it have to be refrigerated? Thanks!

  4. We have bamboo cutting boards. I’m assuming I can do this with them too? We do have bamboo oil to put on them every once in a while.

  5. This is to great. I love the recipe (I use white vinegar with water and a small drop of dish soap) and can’t wait to try it. Printing out the label for sure (Shabby Chic!). How do you recommend sticking the label on? Are these designed to print on label sheets or do you use tape?

  6. for cleaning veggies, you could also just use Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)….15 drops will do it, mixed with water. GSE kills e-coli and strep bacterias 🙂

  7. I read in a a food magazine where a chef used vinegar to clean and disinfect his wood cutting boards. I’ve used it and it works, but that would be only if you interchanged produce with meat. Your idea does sound more pleasant smelling. <}:^)

    • You bring up a really good point! I didn’t even think to mention that. I guess I’m so focused on having separate cutting boards for everything that I didn’t think about that. I’m going to edit the post to mention it. I do use my app purpose spray on my meat cutting board.

      Thanks for bringing that up!

  8. Oh, thanks for the wood cutting board cleaning tip. We use our wood cutting board for lots of things….cutting up veggies znd fruit…but mostly for making fresh ginger tea. I LOVe ginger tea and I”m always making it fresh everyday. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

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