Below is a video showing how to clean a cutting board with salt.
Wood cutting boards need to be cleaned after each use, but you don't want to warp them with harsh chemicals.
Therefore, you can clean your wooden cutting board with salt.
Here's how you do it:
Step 1. Spread the salt onto the cutting board and rub it in, using the salt itself as a mild abrasive.
Step 2. Rub hot water onto the salt on the board until it all dissolves, still using the salt as an abrasive until it all gets dissolved.
Step 3. Dry the cutting board with a clean towel and allow the board to air dry the rest of the way.
In the video Rachel Ray demonstrates this method using coarse salt.
The video also demonstrates how the salt removes the stains from the wooden cutting board, which is an added bonus.
Does This Method Disinfect Your Cutting Board?
In the video Rachel says that salt kills "all" the germs. Based on my research I do not believe this is accurate.
I disagree that salt is a "disinfectant." On the other hand salt does retard bacterial growth, which is why before modern refrigeration one of the major methods of meat preservation was to salt-cure meat, for example.
Therefore, I am not sure that the salt will kill "all" bacteria, but it will retard its growth.
Because of this I don't recommend that you use a wooden cutting board when cutting meat, because those cutting boards need to be thoroughly disinfected after each use.
Instead, you should use a plastic cutting board when cutting meat, and then disinfect it afterward.
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