In todays blog entry, I’m going to give you some tips on ways to clean your cutting boards while keeping them in the best shape.

Use an even mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 tablespoon water and  make a paste. Use this paste to scrub your wooden and plastic cutting boards to get them clean.

Never use ordinary household cleaners to clean your butcher block cutting board or countertop. Instead, use a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach diluted with 2 quarts of water.  Use this solution with a brush to clean and disinfect these surfaces.  Use small circles with your brush and be careful not to saturate the wood.  When finished, wipe with a paper towel that is slightly damp and immediately buff dry with a clean cloth.

After cutting meat on your board, it’s important to kill the germs that linger.  First, wipe your board down with vinegar using a paper towel. Then, use another paper towel to wipe it again using hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide is an effective germ and bacteria killer.

If your cutting boards are emitting an odor, or you just finished cutting garlic, onions or meat – things that tend to leave behind odors, then use the cut side of a lemon and rub it all over your board or use undiluted lemon juice to wipe it down. This will help sanitize your board while gettig rid of the smell.

After cleaning your cuting boards, rub them with a damp cloth dipped in salt. Your boards will be brighter and lighter in color.

To keep your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop clean and disinfeced, wipe them, usinfg full strenght vinegar after every use.  The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. 

When your wooden cutting surfaces need both disinfecting and deodorizing, spread a light coating of baking soda over the surface then spray undiluted white vinegar over the baking soda.  Let this foam and bubble for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with a cloth dipped in clean, cold water.

Now you should have the cleanest boards in town.

Happy cleaning!

 

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