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.

66 comments

S Gardner
S Gardnerabout a month ago

Thank You for the tips. I look forward to trying the Lavender Spray!

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie2 months ago

Thanks!

Nina S.
Nina S.3 months ago

tyfs

Sjors S.
Sjors S.about a year ago

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...

Carole R.
Carole R.about a year ago

Good tips
Thanks

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoniabout a year ago

Thanks

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoniabout a year ago

Thanks

Maggie Welch
Maggie A.about a year ago

My husband uses the soap and water method.

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawnabout a year ago

thank you

Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

Work for the cleanliness of our tools and environment