Full disclosure here: I treat my cutting boards horribly. Well, one cutting board anyway. It’s a kind of textured plastic that’s served me solidly for going on 15 years. I usually throw it into the dishwasher at least a couple of times a week. The cutting board is not unaffected. It’s now warped.
So, in an effort to be a better cutting board owner, I decided to do a little research into how exactly one goes about cleaning (and of course, disinfecting) a cutting board regardless of the material it’s made of.
I discovered that I really have no reason (or excuse) to subject my poor, old faithful cutting board to the dishwasher. Cleaning a cutting board properly is really very quick and easy.
So many of the natural foods that stock our fridges and pantries are perfect for cleansing both plastic and wooden cutting boards.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of the cutting board; spray with undiluted white vinegar. Let the mixture foam for about 5 or 10 minutes (depending on how much cleaning and disinfecting is needed). Then rinse under cool, running water or use a cool, damp cloth to wipe the baking soda mixture off the board. Dry well.
- Rub the entire cutting board surface with the cut side of half a lemon. Squeeze a little extra juice onto the board as your rubbing the lemon half across the surface. Lemon juice will not only clean the surface, it will deodorize it, too. Rinse the board with a cool, damp cloth. Dry well.
- Combine salt and lemon juice until the mixture forms a paste. Rub the paste well all over the cutting board. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with a cool, damp cloth. Dry well.
Once your board is nice and clean, you can rub oil into your wood cutting board. Let air dry. Then store upright, if possible.
What do you use to keep your cutting board looking and functioning like new?