How to Clean a Cutting Board With Lemon

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Wood cutting boards tend to be far superior to plastic cutting boards for a variety of reasons. Wood cutting boards are more durable, the surface is less likely to be contaminated with a buildup of bacteria and they do not dull knives as quickly as plastic cutting boards. Unfortunately, wood cutting boards cannot be washed in a dishwasher. To keep the cutting board clean and disinfected, use a simple lemon and salt scrub on the surface of the board.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Water
  • Soft, clean cloth or towel
  • Lemon
  • Coarse salt
  • Wash your cutting board with a mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Ensure that all food particles and juices have been cleaned off the surface.

  • Rinse the cutting board with hot water. Allow the board to sit under the hot water for several minutes. The hot water will help to kill any bacteria that may still be on the surface.

  • Wipe the cutting board with a soft, clean cloth or towel. For best results, allow your board to dry completely before using the lemon. Place the cutting board in an upright position and allow it to air dry.

  • Inspect your cutting board for any stains. If you find stains on the board, mix together lemon juice and coarse salt in a small bowl. Apply this mixture directly to the stain on the board and allow it to sit for several minutes before proceeding. If no stains are present, proceed directly to the next step.

  • Spread a thin layer of coarse salt over the surface of the cutting board. Salt works as an abrasive cleaning agent on the board.

  • Cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon over the salt on the board. Rub vigorously for several minutes. Lemon juice is considered a natural bleach--it cleans, bleaches and deodorizes a variety of surfaces.

  • Rinse the cutting board with hot water. Allow the board to sit under the hot water for at least 15 to 30 seconds. This ensures that all of the salt will rinse away. Place your cutting board back into an upright position to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although salt and lemon juice are essentially harmless to the skin, they will likely cause pain if they get into a cut or wound. If you have any cuts, scrapes or injuries on your hand, wear rubber gloves while cleaning the cutting board with lemon and salt. Also, avoid touching your eyes or nose while using the salt and lemon juice scrub.

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