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These Kitchen Staples Can Clean Your Cutting Board

A woman cleans a cutting board.
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Wooden cutting boards aren’t like your run-of-the-mill plastic iterations. They require a bit more care, but it turns out, the care you need could be right in your pantry.

Lemon juice and salt can be used to clean and remove stains from your board, and it’s an easy process.

First, you should always wash and disinfect your board after use in order to prevent the spread of food-borne illness. This salt and lemon juice trick is for those times when there’s staining and to eliminate tough, stuck-in residue that’s difficult to remove otherwise. Think of the juice coming off a piece of chicken and how it can seep in between the wood, or how seasoning can stain it. That’s when to use lemon and salt.

Royal Craft Wood Wood Cutting Board Set

Keep an extra cutting board on hand.

To do so, you’ll first clean and disinfect your cutting board. Then, sprinkle coarse salt all over the wood. Using half of a lemon, wash the board, letting the juice seep into the cracks. Allow the abrasive salt to scrub the wood. Then, let the cutting board sit overnight. IN the morning wipe it down with a damp, warm washcloth, and your board is good to go.

The next time you’re chopping meat or veggies, don’t forget this clever way to remove stains—particularly if you plan to use your cutting board as a charcuterie display.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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