You should keep in mind that wooden cutting boards shouldn’t be washed with dish detergent, because toxic substances found in these detergents penetrate the wood fiber reaching the food. You should use only natural solutions to clean and disinfect them.
It doesn’t matter how colorful and bright are those plastic cutting boards, I like to use the wooden ones, especially those made from bamboo, because they are more resistant. When they stain and start smelling like onion, I have 3 simple and natural solutions to clean them easily.
A natural acid, made of salt and baking soda
For superficial meat or vegetable stains, you can use salt and lemon. Sprinkle a generous salt layer onto the wooden cutting board, and then rub them well with half a lemon. This will clean and remove nasty stains, and also disinfect the wood fiber in depth.
For difficult blood or red vegetable stains such as beets or red cabbage, use baking soda and vinegar. Leave these 2 solutions to act for a few minutes, and then rub and wash vigorously the cutting board with hot water. When it’s dry it will look like new!
Wooden cutting boards can be disinfected with mouthwash
As I told you earlier, the wooden cutting boards shouldn’t be cleaned with detergent! When it starts smelling like garlic and onion, it’s enough to rub it with mouthwash, because it will disinfect and clean the cutting board in depth. It will also remove those hard-to-remove stains. At the end you can rinse them well with hot water, and your cutting boards will be just like new.
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