How to remove stubborn stains from plastic cutting boards

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Many people have plastic cutting boards, because they are highly affordable, and therefore, cheap to replace if necessary. The issue with anything that is plastic in a kitchen is that it stains very well, whether it is from chopping green herbs like parsley or cilantro, or from slicing deep red beets. Even with employing your usual house cleaning tips and tricks, the cutting board may technically be sanitised, but will still be stained. Jillee, the author of One Good Thing lifestyle blog, came up with a set of instructions for cleaning a stained cutting board after she had tried several of her favourite stain removal products, like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. When all her usual cleaning suspects didn’t work, Jillee ended up testing out lemon essential oils and water on the stained board. With a lengthy soak, this cleaning method worked. Check out her blog article where she shows the before and after photos of her cutting board.

Although you may be tempted to try any kitchen cleaner on your stained plastic cutting boards, don’t. Several store-bought kitchen cleaners are laden with chemicals and technically unsafe to use around food and in food production areas. Non toxic cleaners, like baking soda and vinegar, are much better options, because they can sanitise and freshen up areas in the kitchen while being one hundred percent safe to use. It turns out that lemon essential oil is a helpful cleaning product to have in the home too. Lemon essential oils are made by cold pressing the lemon peel to extract the natural oils from it. Lemon essential oils have since become known as an excellent addition to home cleaning products because of the ability to kill and prevent the growth of E.coli and salmonella. For the purpose of cleaning a cutting board, Jillee insists that lemon juice would work as well, though. When it comes to eco friendly cleaners, lemon essential oils are slowly but surely rising in popularity. They aren’t just for making cleaning mixture smell nice; they have real sanitising benefits too.

If you have plastic cooking utensils that are light in colour and stained, Jillee’s tips may work for that too. Simply rub the utensils all over with the lemon essential oils and allow them to sit for a day before scrubbing the stains away. You can even mix some lemon oil with water in a spray bottle and use it as an all-purpose cleaning solution. Simply spray on surfaces anywhere in the kitchen or home, and wipe clean. The lemon oil will sanitise wherever you use it and add a refreshing, clean scent to the home. It may even trump out vinegar for green cleaning, simply because it’s smell is more pleasant and less pungent than vinegar. If you use an even higher proportion of the oils to the water, you could use the mixture as an easy homemade air freshener to spray around whenever it's needed.

Rather than throwing your plastic cutting boards away, it is wonderful to know that you can refresh them with Jillee’s handy instructions. Simply follow the steps outlined on Jillee’s blog for clean white looking boards that you will be able to use for years to come. The steps she provides are easy and almost entirely hands-off, which means you can go and do other things while you are waiting for your boards to soak. This task will likely not have to be repeated very often but will be an excellent one to have in your back pocket for when your cutting boards need some extra help. Thank you to Jillee, the author of One Good Thing lifestyle blog, for sharing her instructions on how to remove stubborn stains from plastic cutting boards.

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