5 Easy Steps To Clean & Disinfect A Cutting Board
30 July 04

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You use your chopping board to cut a variety of foods - meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese, etc. If not properly cleaned, your board may become a harbor of bacteria. hair! Whether your cutting board is plastic or wood, you will certainly want a clean cutting board that will not grow bacteria. Here are five simple steps to clean and sanitize the chopping block.


Washed with water

If there are bread crumbs or large pieces of food on the cutting board, wipe it with a warm, damp cloth and place it in a trash can or sink. If appropriate, you may need to place it in a sink and sprinkle warm water on it during the cleaning process. Thoroughly dry the cardboard.

Disinfection with vinegar

Vinegar contains acetic acid, which can sterilize Staphylococcus, E. coli and Salmonella. Simply pour a small amount of vinegar onto the cutting board and wipe dry with a dry cloth or paper towel. Don't worry, this smell will not last!

Kill bacteria with hydrogen peroxide

To kill all bacteria that are trying to hide on the cutting board, pour in a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry with a paper towel or a dry cloth.

Eliminating odors with salt and soda

Take a small bowl and make yourself a baking soda, a paste of water and salt - each one equal in size. Use a damp rag to rub the paste into the cutting board. This will help eliminate any odors and keep the board looking bright and clean. Rinse the paste thoroughly with warm water.

Refresh with lemon

Although you now have a clean cutting board, there may be a lasting odor; some come from the normal use of the cutting board and some come from vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. In order to eliminate the odor and refresh your cardboard, cut the lemon in half and then cut the cut face of the lemon over the cutting board. After rinsing, dry with a paper towel and repeat if necessary.


Other tips

Rinse and dry your cardboard immediately after use. In doing so, bacteria have no chance to hang around.

If you are cutting objects that may contaminate the board, such as strawberries or tomatoes, remove them from the board as soon as possible to prevent them from leaving smudges.