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How do you clean your cutting board/s?

I have a small maple cutting board and a very large maple cutting board. about 24"x30". I thoroughly clean them once a week. I take the large and boards outside and pour straight hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar on them and pour on some fine (cheap) salt. I scrub this mixture on the board with a really course 'scrubby pad'. I then wipe off the board with paper towels and let the boards sit in the sun to dry. I never use tap water to rinse off the mixture. I always save any 'squeezed out' limes and lemons and use them in place of the vinegar if I have any.
What do you use to clean your wooden cutting board/s that I might try?

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  1. I rub coarse salt on them with a little bit of water; rinse under tap water, pat dry and add some mineral oil (if I remember) when dry .

    That's it.

    1. Hot water, dish soap and a scrubby sponge or brush. Rinse well, wipe dry. The idea of using a board that is never washed and rinsed clean really bothers me. PS There are two discussions on this subject on the COOKWARE section....might want to look over there.

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      1. re: escondido123

        Distilled water maybe. Tap water never. Most people would be gagging if they actually knew what lives in tap water. Dish soap is LOADED with chemicals. If any one strapped you to a chair and told you they were going to wipe phosphates/petroleum/dyes and perfumes on you you'd call the cops. Those are just a few of the harmful chemicals that you are rubbing onto your cutting board. Using vinegar or lemon/lime juice to 'rinse' off my boards seems to me to be a healthier approach.

        1. re: Puffin3

          "If any one strapped you to a chair and told you they were going to wipe phosphates/petroleum/dyes and perfumes on you you'd call the cops."

          From the above post one would assume you nither bathe, nor use deoderent or perfume.

          1. re: mikie

            You are correct. I never us shampoo/conditioner or store bought deodorants or perfume. Have you ever actually read what chemicals go into these products? For the last ten years we have made our own 100% natural handmade soap/s. We use them for everything from washing our hair to washing our dishes. I don't use deodorant bc I don't stink bc I don't rub man made chemicals on myself. Perfume? What's that? I thought people stopped using that when the first elevator was invented.

            1. re: Puffin3

              I've worked in the chemical industry most of my life, the kinds of chemicals you are talking about really don't phase me. If chemicals bother you, then you are on the right path.

          2. re: Puffin3

            You're kidding right?

            Are you aware that tap water is monitored constantly and bottled water is generally only tested 12 times per year? The standards, regulations, and requirements for bottled water are weaker than they are for tap water.

            There's no need to be paranoid about tap water. If you're going to be nervous about something it should be that obscenely overpriced bottled water.

            Not to mention, tap water is much better for the environment than bottled water in case you're into that sort of thing.

            I encourage you to do your own research apart from all the marketing and hype driven by the bottle water industry. You may discover that you can have a better product in tap water and save plenty of money while doing it! Bottle water is a ripoff. Tap water costs less than a penny per gallon . . . again, that's less than $0.01 per gallon. Save your money!

            1. re: 1POINT21GW

              I personally don't think that there is any problem with most tap water (and I rather dislike the bottled water industry), but your post is way off.

              First, he said "distilled" water, not bottled water. If you don't know the difference, please go research what distilled water is.

              Second, maybe you live in an urban environment and maybe you assume that everyone else in the world lives where tested 'city water' is available. But where I grew up, and where many Americans live, water comes from a well which is rarely tested for purity or potability.

              You really shouldn't stand up shouting that folks need to "do [their] own research," when you haven't bothered to read the post you're criticizing and your assumptions about people's living situations may be erroneous.

            2. re: Puffin3

              <Most people would be gagging if they actually knew what lives in tap water.>

              I think I have a pretty good idea what live in tap water. :) It is not that bad. Human have been drinking water way more dirty than today's tap water since the beginning of... human. In all honesty, tap water is cleaner than pretty much anything in your kitchen. Tap water is cleaner than your beef, your apple, your bread,...etc.

              <If any one strapped you to a chair and told you they were going to wipe phosphates/petroleum/dyes and perfumes on you you'd call the cops.>

              Probably, but if anyone strapped me on to a chair and wipe vinegar and lemon juice on me, I did call the cops too. :)

              <Using vinegar or lemon/lime juice to 'rinse' off my boards seems to me to be a healthier approach.>

              Look, I have nothing against vinegar or lemon juice method, they are great. They are just different than the soap method. They can complement each others. Vinegar is more about using the acid to disinfect. Soap is more about removal of substance. If there is a layer of roast beef or hamburger fat juice on a cutting board, then I think the latter works better.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                <Soap is more about removal of substance. If there is a layer of roast beef or hamburger fat juice on a cutting board, then I think the latter works better.>

                Agree..
                You have to de-grease before you can disinfect..

                Warm soapy water should be fine if your not cutting up raw proteins.

              2. re: Puffin3

                if anyone strapped you to a chair and scrubbed you with vinegar and salt, you wouldn't be too happy either. (acetic acid, sodium and chloride, oh my!) And tap water, now that's cruel and unusual punishment. I think someone's tin foil hat got too hot whilst watching for black helicopters ?

                1. re: BiscuitBoy

                  Some people might pay good money for that........

                  1. re: Robin Joy

                    ! I'm getting a pleasant visual....thigh high boots, a scrubby in one hand and a cat-o-nine in the other

                2. re: Puffin3

                  My dish soap does not contain phosphates, dyes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Cocamide DEA and the scent comes from lemon oil. Fine for me..

              3. You must mean household hydrogen peroxide solution, which is diluted to 3%.

                Your procedure seems somewhat obsessive to me. I merely wipe off with a damp paper towel after use, and with white vinegar every few weeks. I use peroxide only occasionally, but especially when there is a possibility of contamination from chicken. This is rare, because I prepare chicken on a separate board.

                1. After general use a rinse in hot water followed by scrubbing with a scrubby, soap and hot water.

                  If used for poultry I do the previous plus a spritz of white vinegar which is allowed to sit for 10 min then rinsed with hot water.

                  1. Dishsoap, warm water and a dish rag after each use

                    That is all that is needed.