Naturally clean cutting boards

Naturally Clean Cutting Boards

Watch the video below to learn a natural way to clean and disinfect your cutting boards. Cutting boards are great for helping you save your countertop from nicks and cuts when preparing foods. But reusing them without cleaning them can lead to food-borne illness for you and your family. Cutting up raw meat on your cutting board, then using it to cut up other food items without disinfecting it can lead to food-borne illnesses like E. coli. This is easily preventable by using these simple tools you probably already have around the house. This video shows you a quick and simple method to clean and disinfect your cutting board to prevent transferring germs to your food as you prepare it.

Food safety in the kitchen is important to prevent the spread of germs. It is especially important if you are chopping fruits or vegetables that you plan to eat raw on the same cutting board you use to prepare raw meat. By using baking soda to scour your cutting board and spraying hydrogen peroxide on the board over the baking soda you are not only cleaning it but disinfecting it as well. Both of these substances are usually found in your home and are safe and natural.

Baking soda is a natural scrubbing compound that is alkaline, so it can help to kill germs. It is also mildly abrasive, so it can help loosen food particles that may be left when only rinsing the board. These tiny particles can harbor a host of harmful bacteria.

Hydrogen peroxide is a wonderful disinfecting agent. It is used to disinfect wounds, and it kills germs on contact. Hydrogen peroxide combines with baking soda to create an effective germ-killing paste.

Lemon essential oil is also a disinfectant, and it leaves the board smelling clean and fresh. Most essential oils have germ-killing power within them. Citrus oils, including lemon, have very good germ-fighting ability. Simply sprinkle baking soda liberally on your cutting board. Add 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil and then spray hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda. Let this sit for 30 seconds to a minute, then scrub the cutting board using a microfiber cloth. Rinse in cold water, and you are good to go. Your cutting board will be clean and fresh and will be disinfected of the germs that may have been transferred there by something you were cutting up.

If you need to purchase lemon essential oil, you can get it here. It is very inexpensive. I use it in many of my homemade cleaning products to leave a fresh citrus scent that just shouts clean when you smell it. Try this method to naturally clean cutting boards to keep them germ-free and keep your family safe.

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