You use your cutting board to cut all kinds of food – meat, fruit, veggies, cheese, etc. and if not cleaned properly, your board could be a harbor for bacteria. Gross! Whether your cutting board is plastic or wood, you’ll definitely want a clean one that won’t cultivate bacteria. Here are five easy steps to clean and disinfect a cutting board.
- Wash With Water
If the cutting board has crumbs or large pieces of food on it, wipe it down with a warm, wet washcloth over a trashcan or your sink. If it fits, you may want to just place it in the sink and run warm water over it as you wipe it down. Dry the board, completely.
- Disinfect With Vinegar
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which disinfects against Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Salmonella. Simply pour a small amount of vinegar onto your cutting board and wipe it down with a dry rag or a paper towel. Don’t worry, the smell won’t last long!
- Kill Bacteria With Hydrogen Peroxide
To kill all the bacteria that is trying to hide in your cutting board, pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto it and wipe it down with a paper towel or a dry rag.
- Eliminate Odors With Salt And Soda
Get a small bowl and make yourself a paste of baking soda, water, and salt – 1 Tablespoon each in equal parts. With a damp rag, rub the paste into the cutting board. This will help eliminate any odors and keep the board looking bright and clean. Rinse the paste off thoroughly with warm water.
- Refresh With Lemons
Although you now have a clean cutting board, it is possible that there is a lingering smell; partly from the regular use of the cutting board, and partly from the vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. To get rid of the odor and refresh your board, cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side of the lemon all over the cutting board. Rinse after and pat dry with a paper towel, repeat if necessary.
- Always rinse and dry your board immediately after use. By doing so, bacteria will have less of a chance to linger.
- If you are cutting something that could stain your board, such as strawberries or tomatoes, try to remove them from the board as soon as possible so they won’t have time to leave a stain.