How to Clean a Cutting Board

I never knew how wonderful having a wooden cutting board could be until I started using one. I always used a flimsy cutting board to chop things in the past. When I started getting serious about cooking, I realized how much of a difference a sturdy cutting board makes. I bought the Giada Delaurentiis for Target Bamboo Cutting Board and I was amazed. This board is beautiful and it helps me chop my fruits and vegetables perfectly.

So, that leads me up to the next question. How do you properly take care of a cutting board without ruining it? Let's discuss the best ways to clean a wooden cutting board. It is important to both clean and sanitize cutting boards.

First, hand clean the cutting board with soap and warm water. You can use white vinegar as a sanitizer. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar per one gallon of water. Spray three percent hydrogen peroxide on the cutting board after rinsing the white vinegar. Let the hydrogen peroxide soak for 7-10 minutes, then rinse and dry with a towel. Using peroxide is an extra precaution. You do not need to do it for every use.

Lately, I have noticed my cutting board smells like an onion! Use a lemon to get the smell out. Rub the lemon on the board, or use lemon juice with a rag if you don't have a lemon. Baking Soda is another alternative to use to remove the smell from the cutting board. Rub the baking soda on the board and let it stand for about five minutes, then rinse well.

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