If you have a wooden chopping board, try this simple, effective way to give them a deep clean.
“I learned to do this years ago when I worked in a community kitchen that had a huge butcher block-topped prep table,” said Dana Valden. “The table was wiped down several times a day and always looked clean. But once a week we would do a special cleaning with salt and lemons and I was always impressed by how much cleaner it got the surface. My evidence? The dirty grey sludge that I would scrape away every week, despite the fact that the kitchen was very clean and well kept.”
How To Clean Wood Cutting Boards with Lemon and Salt
“The procedure is simple. You don’t even have to use a freshly cut lemon — a mostly squeezed lemon will do here and it is a great way to use one up from a cooking project,” says Valden.
What You Need
Half of a lemon
Sponge or cloth
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1. Apply salt: Sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt.
2. Scour the surface: Using a lemon half with the cut side down, scour the surface, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go.
3. Let sit, then scrape off: Let sit for 5 minutes, and then scrape the grey, dirty liquid into a small bowl using a bench scraper, and discard.
4. Rinse: Give the surface a final rinse with a clean wet sponge.