Whether you're using your built-in cutting board for extra surface space (or for cutting veggies), you'll want to make sure it's been cleaned. Even though we just moved in, we could tell our wood cutting board has been around the block a few times. So we gave our friend a call (who happens to be a chef) to learn how to properly clean our built-in cutting board.
What You Need
1. If you can remove your built-in cutting board, take it outside and sand with sandpaper.
2. Once you've removed the top layer with sandpaper, rinse the cutting board with water.
3. Then grab your non-chlorine disinfectant. We didn't have one so we made a quick and easy recipe we found on eHow using Tea Tree Oil, dish soap, white vinegar and water. Spray the cutting board and let the mixture seep into the wood. We sprayed ours down a few times with the disinfectant while using a scouring pad in a circular motion. Once you've thoroughly cleaned the cutting board with disinfectant, rinse and let dry.
4. Give the cutting board a final sand, then wash down with dish soap and water.
5. After the cutting board is dry, it's ready to be put to use in the kitchen.
Additional Notes: We only had coarse sandpaper on hand but believe that a more fine grain sandpaper would have worked best on the final sanding step.
(Images: Beth Zeigler)