Did you know that there is a simple way to clean a cutting board and you probably already have the ingredients on hand?
You should always clean your cutting board after each use with soap and water and let stand to dry. I recommend to use 2 different cutting boards to prevent cross contamination between meats and other food items. I prefer to use a plastic cutting board for meats so it can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Sand cutting board
Not all cutting boards will need to be sanded, this depends on the condition of the board. I purchase most of my cutting boards from a thrift shop, so I like to sand them as they typically are in rough shape. The thought of what was on the cutting board makes me want to sand them down.
Many deep cuts will not sand completely out. Wipe down the board thoroughly after sanding and lightly rinse with water.
Chemical-Free Cleaning Guide
Scrub with salt and lemon
Spread a generous amount of coarse sea salt unto the board.
Cut a fresh lemon in half and begin to scrub the salt into the board with the cut lemon. The salt acts as an abrasive and the acid in the lemons is an antiseptic. Rinse with water and let dry completely.
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Treat with Mineral Oil
Make sure to use food-grade mineral oil, like this one. You do not want to use regular mineral oil as they are considered toxic to eat. The food-grade mineral oils are highly refined and food safe.
You can see how much deeper in color the cutting boards are after treating with food grade mineral oil. The mineral oil will extend the life of your cutting board and prevents them from drying out and splitting.
This is the safest and easiest way to clean a cutting board.
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