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Cleaning Plastic Cutting Boards

Plastic cutting boards can become stained over time. This is a guide about cleaning plastic cutting boards.


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July 16, 2011 Flag

Use a fresh lemon to remove stains from a plastic cutting board. Squeeze the juice from one lemon on the cutting board and allow it to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then rinse.

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August 20, 2004 Flag

I have a large, old cutting board made of a heavy white material (sort of a polymer plastic). It was extremely discolored & I was going to toss it out. I tried all kinds of things to get it clean, including putting it into the dishwasher. Nothing worked. As a last resort I filled my kitchen sink with hot water & added bleach & let the board soak for a few hours. Ole! It looks brand new.

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August 21, 20040 found this helpful

Gel dishwasher soap contains bleach and is easy to control. My friend fed her toddler spaghetti on his high chair tray and the sauce stained it. I simply smeared a small amount of Cascade gel over it, let it sit a while, then washed it off. Good as New!

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May 31, 2014 Flag

I can see the lemon cleaning the stain; but it seems the bleach will disinfect it better. Does soaking it "for hours" make it less useable with food?

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August 7, 20150 found this helpful

The bleach won't soak into the plastic since the plastic isn't porous. It will wash away with water. A wood cutting board will take on odors and flavors because of the porous surface of the wood.

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April 25, 2012 Flag

My mother has a cutting board. It is made of a type of white hard plastic. Over the years knives have cut into the surface and now those areas have darkened. My mother believes this is mold and has tried cleaning the board with bleach to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions?

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN

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August 31, 20131 found this helpful

Yes, first bleach it for an hour or so. Then soak it in vinegar and salt. To remover the black smell. Safer also. Then soak once a week in the cheapest white vinegar you can find.

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