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How to remove stains from a chopping board?

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Bamboo cutting boards have the natural beauty and durability of wood, plus the green stamp of being environmentally friendly. Bamboo is a sustainable resource, making it a favored material for kitchen items among eco-conscious cooks. However, like other wood cutting boards, bamboo boards are not dishwasher safe, and using yours to chop brightly colored foods such as berries can stain it. There's no need to resort to harsh, toxic cleaners to remove stains from bamboo; the appropriate cleaning methods are as green as the board itself.

Dampen the stain with clean water. Cover the area with kosher salt, which can draw the stain up and out of the bamboo. Let the salt sit overnight, then rinse the board clean in the morning.

Mix more salt with water to form a paste if the stain is still visible. Scoop the paste onto a toothbrush and brush the stain with it. Rinse the board. Repeat until the stain is gone or the process stops having an effect.

Clean the board thoroughly with a mild detergent and hot water to remove any lingering salt. Let the board dry.

Sand the stained area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper if all else fails. Season the board with food-grade mineral oil to return the bamboo to its original condition and protect it from future stains.

Things You Will Need

  • Kosher salt
  • Toothbrush
  • Mild detergent
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Mineral oil
  • Oil the bamboo cutting board at least once a month with mineral oil to maintain the surface.
  • Hand wash the cutting board promptly if it comes into contact with berries, coffee grounds, tea or other items that can stain the bamboo.

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