How To Deep Clean A Cutting Board

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Generously sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the board, and rub it along the board with a sliced lemon. Rinse well with hot water. Wooden cutting boards can trap food debris in their nicks and cuts, so it's important to do a thorough job.

If your cutting board is made from butcher block, you'll also need to oil it. Once a month, use a small amount of mineral oil or beeswax and apply it to the wood with a lint-free cloth, moving with the grain of the wood. Reapply after the wood soaks up the oil, and continue to apply until the wood stops absorbing the oil. Wipe off any excess, and allow the board to dry overnight.

Stay away from olive or vegetable oils, as they turn rancid.