How to Clean a Bamboo Cutting Board

Make your kitchen more earth-friendly by using a bamboo cutting board. Bamboo, a fast-growing grass is just as sturdy as hardwood. After using your bamboo cutting board, you can clean it in an eco-friendly way, too, following the tips below.

Scrape, Rinse and Wash Your Bamboo Board

Scrape off food residue with a spatula, then rinse the board with steaming hot water. Using mild dish soap or a plant-based cleaner on a clean dishcloth, scrub it on both sides. Rinse off the board with plain hot water.

Sterilize the Cutting Board

Use either chlorine bleach or a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to sterilize your bamboo cutting board. Pour the hydrogen peroxide directly from the bottle all over the board, and rinse completely with warm water. If you prefer, mix 1 tbsp. of domestic chlorine bleach with a gallon of water and pour over the board to sterilize. Rinse the board with clear hot water.

Oil the Bamboo Board

To keep your bamboo board from cracking, apply a food-quality mineral oil all over it once a week, and more often if you sterilize it. Pour the oil onto a cloth and rub it well into the cutting board. Rinse with warm water right before you use it next.