HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR WOODEN CUTTING BOARDS
30 July 04

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1. Hand-wash the wooden cutting board ~ Do not immerse the wooden cutting board in water, do not put them in the dishwasher, because there may be cracking and splitting. Wiping the surface gently with hot water and a little soap is the best choice for lightly contaminated cardboard.

2. Give your wooden chopping board a little love - occasionally rubbing a drop of coconut oil on a dry cutting board can extend their useful life. Unrefined coconut oil is a perfect choice because of its antibacterial properties and long shelf life. Unlike olive oil, it will not soon corrupt. All you have to do is rub a small amount of melted coconut oil on a cutting board, allow it to soak for a short while, and then gently wipe off excess coconut oil with a dry cloth.

3. Use a separate cutting board for specific things. Using a separate cutting board for onions, garlic, and peppers can protect your other fruits and vegetables from the odor of these delicious but irritating foods. I also recommend not using cutting board for raw meat. My mother taught me to cut meat with sharp kitchen scissors instead of a knife. I happened to be on the kitchen board that was easily washed in the kitchen sink.

4. Lemon is a natural deodorant ~ In order to naturally deodorize the clean but smelly cutting board, simply cut the lemon in half, sprinkle with some salt, and then gently rub the lemon on the cutting board. If the odor still exists, add a little baking soda and scrub gently. Rinse and leave to dry. After this method, coconut oil is always well reapplied.

5. It is easy to clean the board naturally. Occasionally, the board may need to be cleaned deeper. Simply finding several ingredients around the house can be disinfected naturally without any harmful chemicals. Both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide can be used. You can also use essential oils combined with vinegar because many essential oils have antiseptic properties. My favorite chopping board for my cleaning is Thieves, Melaleuca (or tea tree) and lemon.