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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 don’t 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.

Don’t 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. Bronner’s). 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 don’t rinse.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:35AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Soap and water, yeah.

7:26AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Thanks ...

6:03AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Or give them a good scrub with a thick paste of salt and let sit for awhile before rinsing

4:11AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


7:33AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013


8:41AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013


3:01AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

thanks for the tips

6:07PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Great advice thanking you.

3:14PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thank you very much! Good advise!

3:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

thanks for sharing

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