How To Clean A Wooden Cutting Board Naturally
Happy hump day, rhubarbs!
Today I give you: a task so easy that scrolling down to read it will be the hardest part.
The story goes: In a quandary over how to clean my giant ass wooden cutting board that barely fits on the countertops let alone the dishwasher, I took to the interwebs for guidance. And the web pages were all, “to clean and disinfect your board, use a half cup of clorox bleach blah blah blah.” And I was all, “say what??” I’m not that preoccupied with the potential presence of bacteria. I prefer to keep my bleach and my peaches separated, thank you very much.
So I sought out a more natural solution, tested it thoroughly, and am happy to report my board is mad clean, yo.
What you’ll need:
1. Dish soap and scrub brush/ sponge
2. Hot water
3. Paper towel/ dish towel
4. Coarse salt
Step 1. Begin by removing any leftover food crusties with your dish soap and scrubber brush. Really lather that stuff, don’t be afraid.
Step 2. Rinse board well with hot water.
Step 3. Dry your board. Wipe, wipe, wipe, pat, pat, pat, dry, dry, dry. Congratulations, you are massively skilled.
Step 4. Cover your board in a layer of coarse salt. The photo below really doesn’t do my sodium levels justice, I swear. I salted the bananas out of that board! The salt, see, it’s going to work as an abrasive cleaning agent.
Step 5. Take your lemon guy…
and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze!
Step 6. Use your lemon half to scrub the board. Scrub for a few minutes, really try to get into a groove. Sing “put the lime in the coconut” if that will help get you in the spirit of things. Except that there are no limes or coconuts involved here so not really.
Your board will be completely sanitized– wanna know why? The citric acid in lemons acts as a natural sanitizer, bleach and stain remover. Hey, cool!
Step last step. Your board should now be covered in lots of soggy salt globs. You’re golden. Take your board back to the sink and rinse with hot water, once again, ensuring that all the salt is washed away.
Stand your board up to dry and you’re set! Man, that’s living simply.
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