How To Naturally Clean Your Plastic Cutting Board

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I’m not a chef, but I love to cook. I blame the generations of the Italian woman in my family for this. They pretty much made me have to like cooking. I wasn’t given much of a choice. “How are you going to meet a girl, if you can’t cook?” my Grandma would always say.So, to make sure I will be in a relationship someday, I learned how to cook and sometimes, I read blogs like for good recipes. And it’s all secret family recipes. Why the secret? I have no idea, maybe it just sounds cool. I swear one of my family’s “secret recipe” is written on the side of a Barillo Spaghetti box, but don’t tell my Grandma-ma.

Anyway, I have a great knife set and my favorite cutting board that I have used for the past 4 years straight. And the family is coming to my house for the holidays this year, so it’s time to clean. The kitchen is my number one priority. It has to be. It might as well be the only room in my house because that’s where everyone is the whole holiday season. Gossip and cooking.

I have this pretty much under control, but when using my cutting board. This once, bright white, plastic cutting board is more of a weird beige color. So, I scrubbed it. But, who am I kidding? This is four years of stains.

Now, I do have a friend who works in a kitchen, and he told me his “secret”.

Lemon. He likes lemon essential oil to water…but you could also use straight lemon juice.

Clean the cutting board with a sponge.

Soak the cutting board in the lemon essential oil/water solution.

  • 10 drops of the solution
  • ½ cup of water

Lay the cutting board on a table in the sunshine and let it sit there all day.

The stains are completely gone! You can still see some of the cuts in the board from my knife, but the combination of lemony sunshine made the stains disappear! Don’t stop there try Madison’s Best Cleaning Service for your whole home! Get everything into tip top shape!

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  1. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I never knew this before. This sounds like a great idea for keeping our cutting boards nice. Thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless

  2. Amber Ludwig says:

    Love this!! I love being as natural as possible but for some reason I tend to fall towards heavy duty chemicals when it comes to cleaning

  3. Kara Marks says:

    Good tips–ty! I use oil and lemon juice on mine usually, or sometimes vinegar.

  4. Lemon and sunshine are good stain removers.

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