Owning a plastic cutting board is only half the responsibility. If you don’t take care of your plastic cutting board, it will quickly become unusable. Though people often debate whether to use plastic and wooden cutting boards, the simple truth is that if you don’t keep your cutting board clean, it will house bacteria. That is why it is so important that you know how to clean a plastic cutting board and keep it stain-free.
How to Clean a Plastic Cutting Board
There are two ways to clean a plastic cutting board: by dishwasher or by hand.
Unlike wooden cutting board, plastic ones can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Put your plastic cutting board in a dishwasher and wash on high heat. Be mindful that repetitive high heat could potentially warp the board.
If you don’t want to use a dishwasher, there are a few ways to clean the board by hand.
Cleaning by Hand
One benefit of plastic cutting board cleaning by hand, is that you can control the temperature and prevent any warping.
To clean your cutting board, mix one teaspoon of bleach with one quart of water. Use a sponge or scrub brush to clean the board. Make sure you rinse off the solution using warm to hot water.
However, there are some concerns over using bleach to clean a plastic cutting board, as it can be corrosive. One suggestion is to use ½ cup of white vinegar with warm, soapy warm to clean the cutting board. The white vinegar can also tackle foul odors.
If your plastic cutting board has stains, especially if you have a white cutting board, don’t fret. One trick is to lay the board in a sink and spray it with 3% hydrogen peroxide. You can also mix one tablespoon of the hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of dish detergent and three tablespoons of baking soda into a paste. Once you cover the board, let it sit for several hours before washing it thoroughly.
If you are looking for a quicker solution and one that doesn’t involve hydrogen peroxide, make a paste of one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon salt and one teaspoon water. Add some lemon juice for a nice smell. Put the paste on the board and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off.
Dry Your Plastic Cutting Board
It is vital that your cutting board is completely dry before you store it. Storing a wet cutting board could be bad for the cutting board.
Cutting Board Werks
Eventually, your plastic cutting board will need replacing, especially when it gets deep knife grooves that can house bacteria. If the grooves are too deep to clean, it’s time to get rid of the cutting board.
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