In every household there’s one thing you can find in everyone’s kitchen – a chopping board.
Unfortunately, chopping boards quickly wear down and are covered with furrows. That’s why we should clean them thoroughly after every use; otherwise our board will be full of bacteria and other unpleasant substances which are better to avoid. The food particles can get stuck in the channels and may cause food poisoning.
If you want to be sure that this will not happen to you, follow these few simple rules:
- Don’t place a wooden chopping board into the dishwasher. The continuous exposure to heat and water will cause it to deform.
- Do not leave the wooden board to soak in water. The reasons are the same as the ones mentioned above.
- Never use household cleaners. The proper way to clean a wooden cutting board is by using plenty of hot water, soap and a scrubbing brush or sponge. Use a damp cloth dipped in salt to rub it afterwards with circular motion. Your board will become lighter in colour.
- You can put plastic cutting boards in the dishwasher, and this is the main benefit. They usually have more knife scars, which is a premise for lots of bacteria to hide in.
- To eco-clean and disinfect your wooden board, wipe it with a cloth, dipped in white vinegar after using.
- Scientific evidence shows that in cleaning, the volume of water matters more than anything, as it washes away bacteria and particles, so make sure you run it under lots of water and especially on scarred sections that are good at trapping food particles.
- To remove any odour, use lemons to rub the board with. Just cut them in half and they are ready to use.
- Never use the same chopping board for vegetables and raw meat. Contamination could occur when vegetables for a salad are cut on a board that was previously used for cutting raw chicken.
A clever solution would be buying cutting boards in two different colours so it’s easier to remember which is for raw meat and which is for everything else.
Most of the professional cleaners claim that it is a better decision to buy wooden boards, instead of plastic ones.
How do you clean your board? Do you have different boards for different jobs? Love you to share any of your tips below.