Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 0 mins

My cuttingboards are all wood and I don't like to clean them with just warm water and soap. After I wash them I normally pour some hydrogen peroxide on them which works great. But one day I did not have any so I decided I would need to use an alternative. Instead I poured some lemon juice on it because lemon juice is a natural bleach. It worked great! I thought this may be helpful to some other people that would like to use something to clean the wooden cuttingboard that is natural instead of using bleach. Cook time is the amount of time it takes to complete the cleaning process. I went ahead and listed both cleaning products but don't use both at the same time. Use lemon juice OR use hydrogen peroxide. The formatting said that the recipe had to have more than 1 ingredient.


  1. Wash cuttingboard with soap and water.
  2. Rinse. Then gently and slowly pour lemon juice OR hydrogen peroxide on the cuttingboard. Make sure to cover well.
  3. Let sit for 1 minute.
  4. Rinse and let cuttingboard air dry. (You may be able to use less lemon juice. I just approximated the amount since I normally just pour it out of the bottle).
  5. ** If you don't have lemon juice, use 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and let sit for 1 minute. You will see bubbles and know its working. Make sure to rinse really well and air dry.
Most Helpful

Great idea. I have always just washed my wooden cutting board with hot, soapy water but wanted to try your method as an extra measure of food safety. I opted for the lemon juice this time around, but will try the hyrdogen peroxide next time. Made for Fall 2012 Pick A Chef.

LainieBug November 03, 2012

I read that if you want to clean and sanitize the surfaces in your home, spray with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar (order doesn't matter). This is the same thing they use for contaminated meat or food (but I believe they use a higher percentage then the 3% you normally buy at the drug store). So it should work just fine for counters and such. Also don't worry about rinsing off the hydrogen peroxide, since it's h202 and breakdown to h20 and 0. (So water and oxygen). One last thing, it's the extra oxygen that actually kills them since they can't live in such a high oxygen environment and that's what causing the fuzzing.

Vyrianna November 21, 2009

I loved the idea of the hydrogen peroxide. I am always worried about having cleaned the cutting board well enough, especially when a sponge has sat in the sink with stuff on it as well, it may look cleaned off but i dont know that soap and water does enough. Made for "new kids on the block" cooking tag game

MarraMamba July 25, 2009