Cutting boards are an essential item in anyone’s kitchen. But have you ever thought about how dirty those things can get? After all, you use them to cut everything from vegetables to raw meat. Of course you wash them after each use, but are you really getting them clean enough?
Considering the wide variety of foods that touch a cutting board on a regular basis, you want to make sure you’re giving it a thorough cleaning every time. Unfortunately, soap and water might not be cutting it. Before you throw out your old cutting board and buy a new one, though, check out this list for new ways to give it a good clean.
1. Salt and lemon
If you have a wooden cutting board, you can use salt and lemon to clean it. Sprinkle salt over the board and then scrub over it with half of the lemon, squeezing gently so the juice runs out onto the board. Let it sit until a gray liquid forms on the board. Scrape the liquid off and then wipe the board with a wet cloth to remove any residue.
If you don’t have a whole lemon, you can use lemon juice instead. You still start by sprinkling salt over the board, but then use the lemon juice to create a paste with it. You can scrub this paste over the board with a coarse sponge. Let the paste sit on the board for a few hours before washing it off with water.
Is it possible to make a cleaning list without including vinegar? Probably not. If you have a wooden cutting board that needs to be disinfected, you can spray a vinegar/water mixture on it, followed by hydrogen peroxide. Gently rinse the board and let it air dry.
If you’re using a plastic cutting board, bleach is your best bet for a good clean. Fill your sink with hot water and add about 1/2 cup of bleach. Let the board sit in the bleach mixture for about 20 minutes before washing it with soap and water to get rid of any lingering bleach smell.
Does your cutting board smell? If so, pour on some baking soda and add enough water to make it into a paste. Rub the paste into the board until you notice it start to stink. Rinse the paste off of the board and dry it with a towel. The smell should be gone and the board will look cleaner.
Wooden cutting boards should never be submerged into water, but sometimes it happens. This can lead to water stains which won’t affect how sanitary the board is, but they will make it look bad. To get rid of water stains, rub petroleum jelly into the stains and let them sit for about 12 hours. When you wipe off the jelly, the watermark should disappear as well.
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