When is the last time you cleaned and disinfected your cutting boards? Have you ever? Well, if not, how about giving it a try today!
5 Ways to Clean and Disinfect Cutting Boards
Cut a lemon in half, give it a little squeeze and rub it in a circular motion across your cutting board. The lemon will sanitize your board and help it smell great.
After washing with soap and water, rub some salt on your cutting board to clean out build up found in the crevices. Better yet, rub the salt in with your lemon half!
Baking soda and Vinegar
We all know baking soda can be used to clean just about anything, but did you know it can help clean your cutting board? Sprinkle baking soda on your board. Scrub it in. Then spray vinegar on it and watch the foaming action work it’s disinfecting magic.
Every once in a while a cutting board may need some heavy duty disinfecting. That usually means it’s time for bleach. Just spray a little on, let it sit a few minutes and wash away. I personally would wash several times after using bleach…but that’s just me.
If you’re leery of bleach, peroxide may be a better option for you. Spray it on, let it sit, and wash thoroughly.
The above options are best for plastic or glass cutting boards. You can certainly use some of the options for wood cutting boards, you just don’t want to soak them in water since they could warp.
How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives
Once your cutting boards are clean, give some attention to your kitchen knives. Sharp knives make cooking so much easier!!
- Soak your stone in water.
- Run your knives down the stone at a 45 degree angle.
- Repeat on other side.
- Run your knife across the honing steel a couple of times on each side. If you have a block of knives, this is the round piece that’s usually included.
The easy way…
I’m all for easy so I don’t usually take the time to use a a stone or honing steel. I actually have a sharpener that is easy peasy to use. 10 slides through side one and then 3 slides through side two make my kitchen knives brand new. It’s not what the “professionals” use…but I like it!
Once you sharpen your knives a time or two, it will be pretty simple. But just remember, if you’re used to a dull knife, be extra careful once it’s sharpened! I know this from experience!!!
Okay. Ready? Go!
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #2.
- Clean cutting boards and sharpen knives.
- Keep working on your cleaning schedule.