Did you know that your cutting board is exposed to plenty of bacteria, especially a cutting board used for raw meat? The juices of the meat can seep into the small creases of the cutting board and stay there so it is important to clean it out properly. If you’re not sure how, here are a few ways to clean your cutting board effectively.
1. Dish Soap
Beginning with the simplest and most common method of cleaning a cutting board is using dish soap. To clean the cutting board as effectively as possible, be generous with the amount of dish soap and use hot water when rinsing.
Instead of using the same sponge to wash the cutting board, we recommend you have a special sponge dedicated to washing the cutting board. Having a dedicated sponge reduces the chance of cross-contamination and spreading of bacteria from the raw meat on to the other dishes and utensils.
Bleaching is a very well known method to deep clean and sanitize other household items but you probably never heard of bleaching your wood and plastic cutting board. To disinfect your cutting board, use a fresh solution of 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per litre of water.
Flood the surface with the bleach solution and allow it to soak for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and air dry or pat dry with clean paper towels. Do note this method is only suitable for wood and plastic cutting boards, do wear protective gear like a mask and gloves when bleaching to prevent the bleach from coming in contact with your skin.
For those who prefer a more organic approach using chemical-free products, here are two more methods you can try out. Vinegar’s acidity is what makes it such a good cleaner to clean out underlying bacteria.
To clean your cutting board, mix one-part white vinegar to four parts water and let your cutting board soak in the solution for a few minutes. After a few minutes of soaking, rinse it off and pat the cutting board dry.
4. Lemon and salt
When life gives you lemons, you pair it with some salt to remove bacteria and germs on your cutting board. Sprinkle salt across the cutting board generously, then slice the lemon in half and you’re ready to go. Use the flat side of the lemon half and give the cutting board a good scrubbing.
After you’re done scrubbing, sit back and let it sit for 5 minutes then rinse the cutting board with a sponge and now you have a germ-free cutting board.
Now that you have discovered four ways to leave your cutting board the cleanest it has ever been why not give it a try. If you’re on a cleaning spree but you’re too tired from scrubbing your cutting board, book our professional cleaners and let our professional lend you a hand. Enjoy great benefits such as a reservice if unsatisfied with our cleaning service.