Healthy Home Tip #4 -- how to clean your cutting board naturally

Here are simple tips to help clean your cutting board efficiently.

Dirty cutting board

Chopping vegetables and meat is a common chore that everyone has to do. But while you might be meticulous and scrub your kitchen counter and your utensils clean, there is one small details that always seems to get missed your cutting board.

This board, that is either made of wood or plastic, is often used to cut everything from vegetables to meat and often they tend to leave a stain or small pieces that collect in its crevices. While you might think that you clean your cutting board thoroughly, the small crevices created on the board due to using a sharp knife, is a breeding ground for various harmful bacteria. When food and meat gets stuck in these crevices they tend to spoil and can harbour dangerous organisms like E.coli, Salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. These bacteria are bad for your health and can cause various illnesses like food poisoning and diarrhea. So, to help you get rid of all the residue from your cutting board, here are some simple home remedies that you can use.

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Tip#1: Vinegar: White vinegar is a potent anti-bacterial and bleaching agent. Not only is it very effective against harmful bacterial like E.coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus, but it is also very effective in getting rid of stubborn stains. To use this tip, wipe down your cutting board with vinegar at the end of every day. Leave it for about half an hour and then wash it off using a sponge to scrub off the debris.

Tip #2: Baking soda and white vinegar: This remedy is very useful against stubborn stains and smells. Ensuring the complete removal of stains, this mixture is great to effectively clean your cutting board so it sparkles. All you need to do is spread some baking soda all over your board and spray undiluted white vinegar over it. Now, allow it to bubble and foam making sure you spread the mixture all over the board. Remember this mixture can be corrosive on the skin of your hands, so use a sponge to spread the mixture. Next, allow it to sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes, and wipeoff the mixture with a sponge. Remember to rinse off the excess with water.

Tip #3: Lemons: Lemons are a very handy disinfecting tool. They not only get rid of foul odour but also help bleach the board back to its normal colour. To use this remedy all you need to do is rub the surface of your cutting board with half a lemon. Use the skin of the lemon as a natural scrub and allow the lemon juice to stay on the board for about half-an-hour. Next, rinse off the juice with normal water.

Tip#4: Salt and lemon juice: This tip is especially effective on deep seated dirt and can get rid of even the most stubborn stains on your cutting board. All you need is some salt and half a lemon. Sprinkle some salt on your cutting board (the coarser the better) and use the lemon as a scrub to spread the salt evenly. As you scrub with the lemon press it down gently so as to release some of its juices. Make sure the mixture is spread well all over the board. Now allow this mixture to stay for about forty five minutes and then scrape off the grime using a blunt knife. Repeat the process if all the grime has not been removed. Now, rinse off your cutting board with plain water.

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