How to Clean & Sanitize Your Cutting Boards!

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How to Clean & Sanitize Your Cutting Boards!

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I personally recommend having one cutting board for vegetables and bread (and other items that can be consumed raw) and a separate cutting board for raw meats.

To sanitize:

If your cutting board is plastic, toss it in the dishwasher to clean and sanitize it (if you don’t have a dishwasher, you can use the method below)!  This method is not recommended for wood cutting boards as they can warp and crack.

To sanitize wood cutting boards, spread 3% hydrogen peroxide over the surface and allow it to sit a few minutes.   (This can be found at your local drugstore for a couple bucks…  and there are tons of other uses for hydrogen peroxide)!

Alternatively, a vinegar solution can be used!  Add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water and allow it to sit on the surface for a few minutes.  Rinse the board very well and wash with hot soapy water.  

To deodorize:

This works on both wood and plastic cutting boards.  You’ll need:

  • A lemon, cut in half
  • Distilled white vinegar

First, pour a little of the vinegar right onto the surface of the cutting board. Use the cut side of the lemon as a sponge to scrub out stains, kill bacteria, and leave your cutting board smelling sweet. Rinse, then towel dry with a clean cloth.

To remove stains:

If you have any stains you can use a paste made out of baking soda and water to scrub out any stains.  If the stains are really stubborn, add a touch of lemon juice to the paste and let sit for a couple of minutes.  Scrub and rinse.

Alternatively, you can scrub the stain with coarse salt using 1/2 of a lemon as your “scrubber”.

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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