How to clean your chopping board
Updated: Jul 20
Cutting board or chopping board is an important kitchen tool that we use every day. It is very important to know how to clean a cutting board because it can be covered with harmful bacteria and spread food poisoning.
In the market, so many types of cutting boards are available like Woodden, plastic, bamboo, rubber, etc. The wooden and bamboo cutting boards are the most popular cutting boards but In the dishwasher, heat and water split or warp the cutting board. Plastic cutting boards are made of non-porous material that makes them safer for food preparation.
Just follow these guidelines:
Always use a clean cutting board for food preparation.
Use two cutting boards if you are non-vegetarian, one strictly to cut meat, fish the other for ready-to-eat foods, like bread and vegetables.
Discard cutting boards that have become excessively worn or have hard-to-clean grooves.
How to clean a wooden cutting board:
1. Wooden cutting boards have naturally porous surfaces. Tiny cuts or grooves made after cutting and provide a natural habitat for bacteria to grow so after each use clean any crevices where food and bacteria may hide with soap and warm water.
2. For a good deep clean Place a cup of baking powder onto the board, and then pour a cup of white vinegar over the entire board. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then give it a good rinse. immediately dry off your board with a dry dishtowel.
3. Mix the salt with lemon to remove any odors from the board.
4. To kill the germs and stains on your cutting board, wipe the board with hydrogen peroxide [a natural bleaching agent], rinse the board with water before using it again.
How to Clean a Plastic Cutting Board:
1. Make a thick paste from 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of dish detergent, and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Spread all over and allow to sit overnight. wash the cutting board with detergent and water, and allow to dry.
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective bleaching agent that bleaches stains, brightens surfaces, and kills bacteria. Dish soap cuts through any greasy residue and Baking soda is a natural abrasive that helps to break down food stains.
To disinfect a plastic cutting board you can place the cutting board in the dishwasher on the hottest setting. It kills bacteria.
Never use fabric bleach to clean plastic cutting boards. it is toxic to consume.
Bamboo cutting board:
They have a similar look to wooden cutting boards but it is not dishwasher-proof. Clean with warm Water and Dish Soap, immediately dry after cleaning.
Rub a lemon slice over the board surface to freshen it up.
Non-porous paper composite board:
This cutting board is a little bit different. It is lightweight and has a very hard surface. It is easy to clean and maintain. soak in water for about 10 minutes then place on a clean flat surface and cover with the heaviest flat thing in your kitchen