CARING FOR YOUR CUTTING BOARD LIKE YOU ‘DO YOU’
Inevitable cutting boards get tiny slices/cuts over time. These cuts harbour bacteria of all sort and it’s a good idea to disinfect your cutting board often. You can use:
- baking soda
which are all household items to disinfect your board if you’ve grown too attached to it and simply refuse to buy a new one. Cutting boards are meant to be changed over time.
Baking soda is an excellent household cleaner, and you can have a lot of success using it to clean cutting boards too! Create a paste out of 1 tablespoon each of baking soda, salt, and water. Just use it to scrub your cutting board once in a while and rinse it off with hot water! Your board should be fresher and cleaner.
If your cutting board is dirty – and especially if it’s starting to smell – it might be time to give it a nice cleaning with lemon. Toss a bit of salt on your board, cut a lemon in half, and use it to give the board a good scrubbing. Alternatively, you can just use lemon juice and scrub it with a cloth. The salt acts partly as an abrasive and helps keep your board looking bright.
A bit of white vinegar is an excellent way to disinfect your board and keep it clean (especially wooden cutting boards, since water and soap, can cause damage to wood surfaces). When you’re ready to clean it, just give it a good spray with vinegar and let it sit for 10-30 minutes before wiping it down. Alternatively, you can wipe your board down with the vinegar after every time you use them to keep it clean on the regular. If you want to deodorize your cutting board too, put a layer of baking soda across the top of your board and spray it white vinegar. Allow the mixture to bubble for 5-10 minutes, and wipe it down with a cold wet cloth!