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How to Clean Your Cutting Boards

How to Clean Your Cutting Boards

The holidays are prime time for those of us who love to cook, and our cutting boards usually get quite a workout. But we donít want to risk food poisoning from lurking bacteria!

Here is some wise advice for keeping your cutting boards clean, and you and your family safe.

Donít use a cutting board to cut meat, unless you can put it in the dishwasher. Use a dishwasher-safe plate instead.

To clean cutting boards that are used for produce, try one of these three options.

Option One: The Environmental Protection Agency notes that soap and water kills bacteria. Wash the cutting board with soap and water (note: be sure to use real liquid soap, such as Dr. Bronnerís). Scrub with a sturdy scrub brush, to get into all the nooks and crannies.

Option Two: Wash with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide alternating with straight white distilled vinegar. Let each material rest on the cutting board for 10 minutes or so before rinsing.

Option Three: If you like the smell of lavender, make an antibacterial spray by mixing about 10 drops of the pure essential oil of lavender to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spray on the cutting board and donít rinse.

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9:44AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

Option 4: avoid the issue by purchasing a new cutting board after each time you used it. ;-) No..just kidding..useful advice..even though it's just common sense to use water and soap right? You don't need to have a master degree in science to figure that out...

6:58PM PST on Mar 7, 2015

Good tips

7:37AM PST on Mar 7, 2015


7:37AM PST on Mar 7, 2015


3:21PM PST on Mar 3, 2015

My husband uses the soap and water method.

7:29PM PST on Mar 1, 2015

thank you

2:18AM PST on Feb 20, 2015

Work for the cleanliness of our tools and environment

5:07PM PST on Feb 19, 2015


3:04AM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Do NOT mix the vinegar and peroxide solutions, as this creates peracetic acid. It is an industry-level disinfectant, true, but it must be handled verrrrry cautiously, and it is unstable (explodes when heated to 105-110 degrees Celsius, for instance). Info in the
WHMIS Material Safety Data Sheet.... and you do NOT want to mess around with it on a casual basis!
I imagine that using it as mentioned in Ann M.'s post is fine. Moderately in a spray bottle. But not mixing it together.
Above info from.....

9:35AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Soap and water, yeah.

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