How to Clean Plastic Chopping Boards

Food preparation requires a chopping board. Some cooks prefer wood cutting boards for their attractive appearance and quality chopping surface. Other cooks prefer plastic chopping boards because these cutting boards are easier to maintain and keep sanitised. Impeccably clean cutting boards are of paramount importance in the kitchen to minimise the risks of food-borne illnesses. If bacteria fester on your chopping board surfaces, they can contaminate your foods and cause illness. Clean plastic chopping boards carefully to minimise risk of illness.

Remove foods from the surface of the plastic chopping board using the plastic or metal spatula. Scrape at the surface of the cutting board to remove all food residue.

Fill the sink with warm water and add several squirts of dishwashing detergent. Immerse the plastic chopping board in the water and scrub at the surfaces of the board with the mesh scrubber to remove stubborn food. Use the dishcloth to wash the surfaces of the cutting board after cleaning off stubborn foods.

Rinse the cutting board in clear, warm water to remove all soap residue. Dry the cutting board with the dishtowel.

Make a sanitising solution to clean your plastic chopping board. Mix 3 tbsp of white vinegar and 236ml. of cool water in the spray bottle to make one effective spray. Alternatively, mix 2 tbsp chlorine bleach with 1 quart of cool water in the spray bottle or use straight hydrogen peroxide on your cutting board. Spray any of these solutions directly onto the plastic cutting board and allow the solution to sit on the cutting board surface for 10 minutes. Rinse off the solution thoroughly in cool water and dry the cutting board.

Use an automatic dishwasher to clean most plastic chopping boards. Place the cutting board on the top rack of the dishwasher to avoid melting and warping and run the dishwasher on a normal cycle. Thin plastic chopping boards may melt in a dishwasher so you should wash these cutting boards by hand.


Replace your plastic chopping board when numerous cuts, nicks and gouges mar the surface. Bacteria may hide within these areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic or metal spatula
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Mesh scrubber
  • Dishcloth and dishtowel
  • Dishwasher (optional)
  • White vinegar
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray bottle
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