How to Clean Wooden Cutting Boards

How to Clean Wooden Cutting Boards

Cutting boards. We all have them but it seem no one is really cleaning them properly. Simply washing the cutting board with soap and water is not enough to remove all the food debris and the smell. You need something more powerful! In this article, I’m going to show you 4 of the best ways to sanitize, deodorize and maintain your cutting boards without using chemicals.

1. Lemon and Salt

Lemon and Saltvia Swoon Studio

First sprinkle some sea salt over the board. Next cut the lemon in half and use it to rub the salt into the board. Let the lemon juice/salt mixture sit on your board for 10 minutes before wiping away with a damp cloth. This solution will help get any stubborn stains off your board.

2. Baking Soda

 How To Clean a Wooden Cutting Board with Baking Soda

To remove strong odors, scrub cutting board surface with paste made from 1 tbs baking soda, 1 tbs salt and 1 tbs water. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes, and then rinse the board.

3. Vinegar

Keep cleaning a cutting board with vinegarvia Variations Culinaires

Spray the surface with white vinegar and wipe it down with a dry rag or a paper towel. The white vinegar contains acetic acid, which disinfects against E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide to clean cutting boardsvia The Light Media

To kill the germs on your cutting board, pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide over the board and wipe it down with a paper towel or a dry rag. Ordinary 3% peroxide is fine.

Please also keep in mind that you should NEVER soak your wooden cutting boards in water or put them in the dishwasher. The wood will absorb too much water and expand, ruining the cutting board.

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