To remove a stain from your plastic cutting board or wood butcher’s block, sprinkle table salt on it, then rub it with an inch-thick wedge of lemon or lime until the juice combines with the salt and the stain begins to dissipate. Rinse and dry. The salt draws out the grease that’s clinging to your board and acts as an abrasive, while the lemon/lime helps bleach out the stain.

To remove a strange smell from a cutting board, take a bigger piece of lemon and rub (again, the flesh side) wherever the smell is coming from. Rub until the lemon scent overwhelms the smell. This works on plastic or wood. Rinse. Dry. Sniff. No smell! Note: Most bacteria cannot survive without moisture. Keep all surfaces in the kitchen dry…especially cutting boards and butcher’s block.

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