How to Properly Clean a Cutting Board

 Clean your Cutting Board

This week’s Kitchen Basics 101 is all about How to Properly Clean a Cutting Board. I don’t know about you, but we use our cutting board almost every day. Normally, we use it to cut up our veggies and fruits, but there are times when we need to use it for raw fish or meat. It is very important to wash your cutting board no matter what you are using it for. You don’t want to contaminate your food and make everyone in your family sick with food poisoning! Follow these simple steps below to clean your cutting board and eliminate the risk of cross contamination. Remember, you always want to cut your vegetables before you cut your meats.

There are several ways to get your cutting board clean. You can clean your cutting board with dish soap and hot water. This method works fine in killing germs. You can also spray your cutting board with hydrogen peroxide. I know you are thinking that I’m crazy for suggesting hydrogen peroxide, but it really does clean a wooden cutting board! My next suggestion is my favorite and how I usually clean my cutting board! Vinegar!! You all know how much I love vinegar and it is no different in this instance. Clean your cutting board with dish soap and hot water, then spray your board with vinegar. I like to let it sit for several minutes, or longer, and then I rinse with hot water.  Let air dry in a clean spot.

Here is a break down of how I clean my wooden cutting board. ( or Polyethylene)

#1. Put cutting board in the sink.

#2. Thoroughly clean with dish soap and hot water.

#4. Spray with white vinegar. Allow to sit for several minutes and then rinse.

#4. Let  the cutting board to air dry.

#5. Put the clean cutting board in a dry and clean spot.

I really advise against using any type of bleach product on your cutting board. This is a personal preference of mine, of course, but why put all those harsh chemicals on something that you are going to put your food on? 

How do you keep your cutting board clean? I’d love to hear about it! So, leave  me a comment and tell me how you clean your cutting board!


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  1. Chelsea S says

    I often hear about people using vinegar to clean various items and how well it works. Over the winter, I needed to use an humidifier in my room and didn’t know how to get it really clean and sanitized before use. I ended up trying a vinegar method I found online, but really wished I just stuck to soap and water in the end. I am VERY sensitive to certain smells and vinegar is one of them. It’s too bad though. It sounds like a great multi-purpose cleaner.

    • says

      Yes, I think a lot of people are turned off by the smell of vinegar. It does have a strong smell, but it works so good, I just try and ignore it. lol

  2. says

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve never used vinegar to clean my cutting boards but have heard it works great, I need to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I have not considered using vinegar to clean my cutting board. I usually only cut fruits, veggies and bread on the wood board, and save the plastic ones for meat. I’ll have to remember to give this a try. Does the vinegar not dry out your boards?
    Thanks for posting.

    • says

      Karen, I haven’t had any problems with my wood cutting board drying out. Of course, you can always rub a little oil on it after you clean it to keep it from drying out!


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