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Clean and sanitize your cutting board

The kitchen cutting board gets a lot of use. From smelly onions and garlic to fruits and from meat products to vegetables, the cutting board is used to cut all. A chopping board also bears numerous cuts which might not be easily visible to the eye. Because of the nature of job a cutting board is used for, it is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, specially within the cuts of the board. The result is the possibility of food contamination. Cross contamination in food only worsens this problem. So whether you use a wood or a plastic cutting board, you should clean and sanitize it after every use.

Cleaning the Cutting Board

After using the cutting board, use a metal scraper or spatula to scrape away any remaining bits and pieces of food. With that done, scrub the board with hot, soapy water thoroughly.  Scrubbing it with a paste made from 1 tablespoon each of baking soda, salt, and water is also a good option. Finish off with rinsing it thoroughly with hot water.

After you wash cutting boards and breadboards with soap and water, rub them with a damp cloth dipped in salt. The boards will be lighter and brighter in color. The board should be allowed to air dry.

Sanitizing the Cutting Board

Plastic and wooden cutting boards can be sanitized using a diluted liquid chlorine bleach solution. For this solution, combine one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. Pour the solution onto the entire surface area of the board and allow it to sit undisturbed for several minutes. Rinse the board clean with water. Allow it to air dry or use a clean cloth to dry it.

If you prefer, you may use a vinegar solution in place of the bleach solution. Simply combine one part vinegar to five parts water. Use this solution in the same manner as the one explained for the bleach solution.

Similarly, to get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle. To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.  Spread some baking soda over it.

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