The INSIDER Summary:
- Dish soap and hot water don’t clean cutting boards as well as everyone thinks.
- The soap can’t penetrate the cold cutting board to thoroughly clean it.
- It’s better to soak it in bleach between uses.
Cleaning your cutting board is hardly the hardest part of cooking a meal. All you really have to do is rinse it under hot water and scrub with dish soap … Or so you thought.
Turns out that dish soap actually isn’t the best cleaning agent for your cutting board, especially if the cutting board is used for different kinds of food. Even if you’ve been religious about vigorously washing your cutting board between cutting your meat and slicing your raw fruits or vegetables, there’s probably still harmful bacteria lurking on it.
The Mirror quoted Expert Home Tips editor Stephanie C. saying that cutting boards are too cold for soap to do any real damage to the bacteria, even if you are mixing it with steaming water. According to Stephanie, liquid soaps do a great job of cleaning dirty pots, pans, and dishes, but since cutting boards are often used for raw meats it’s best to be extra careful.
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She says that to ensure that your cutting board is at its cleanest, soak it in bleach after each use. This will kill most bacteria and will keep them from transferring to any other foods you prepare on the board in the future.