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You've Been Cleaning Your Wooden Cutting Board Wrong Your Entire Life

These tricks will help extend the life of your favorite wooden cutting board as well as keep bacteria away.
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There's something attractive about having a slick cutting board adorning your kitchen counter. It can really elevate your kitchen aesthetic! A beautiful, rustic wooden cutting board can especially embellish just about any surface it sits on, however, it also requires a little extra care when washing than the standard plastic cutting board does.

A plastic cutting board is resilient considering you can just toss it in the dishwasher after each use and it will likely survive for years. Another positive to plastic cutting boards is that they are non-porous, meaning bacteria will just sit on top of the board as opposed to seeping into its surface. That being said, bacteria can grow within the scores made by knives, but a thorough wash should prevent that from occurring.

A wooden cutting board, on the other hand, while sturdy and heat resistant does require some more tender love and care when cleaning and disinfecting. Ideally, you should never put a wooden cutting board in the dishwasher or let it soak in water for long periods of time. The water jets in the dishwasher can be so powerful that they can warp the cutting board as well as cause little cracks to form across it, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.

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How to properly clean a wooden cutting board

The best way to clean a cutting board made from wood is to hand wash it. Grab your dish soap, sponge or brush, blast the hot water, and get to scrubbing. The quicker you clean your wood cutting board, the better especially after slicing raw meat. Then, let the cutting board air dry after washing or pat dry with a clean paper towel before storing it away.

If you want to disinfect your board even further, the USDA suggests making a cleaning solution of one tablespoon unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per one gallon of water. Pour the solution on to the cutting board and let it sit for several minutes before rinsing with clean water.

Follow these tips and your wooden cutting board will not only last longer, but it will also be safer to use and lessen your chances of contracting a foodborne illness. Also, be sure to check out Best Food Safety Tips Right Now, According to the FDA for more ways on how you can safely prepare food.

Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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