I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, and with my family that is no small task. I have grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, brothers, kids, and a new baby all coming together to give thanks. One thing I get a little paranoid about around the holidays is making sure everything is germ-free. I cook a lot more once the weather gets colder, and with all the food prep around the holidays, it’s important to start with a clean slate. (Tip: I like to start chopping a couple of days before Thanksgiving; otherwise, I can get very overwhelmed with the amount of prep cooking that needs to be done for a big family dinner.)
Disinfecting kitchen tools is a must—I’m not about to be blamed for my uncle’s food poisoning. Honestly, when was the last time you gave your cutting boards a proper cleaning anyway? (For me, it was last Thanksgiving…)
Here’s how I quickly disinfect my kitchen cutting boards in preparation for holiday madness:
- 2 teaspoons bleach per gallon of water
- dish towel
- your cutting boards
Instructions for Disinfecting Plastic Cutting Boards:
Step 1: I rinse plastic cutting boards with liquid dishwashing detergent and water.
Step 2: Then soak them in a solution using two teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water for two minutes.
Step 3: Rinse, and air dry on a kitchen towel.
Instructions for Disinfecting Wooden Cutting Boards:
Step 1: For the wooden cutting boards, I wash the cutting boards with liquid dishwashing detergent and water.
Step 2: I pour two tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water to create a sanitizing solution.
Step 3: I then apply the bleach-water solution to the cutting board and let it stand for two minutes.
Step 4: Next, I rinse it with the plastic cutting board solution (two teaspoons of bleach per one gallon of water) and let it air dry.
Disinfecting = done! Next, it’s time to decide on the menu…Pinterest, here I come!
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