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Naturally Antibacterial Bamboo: The Best Kitchen Cutting Board

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When searching for a kitchen cutting board, there is one clear choice that is safe, long-lasting and healthy.

Before we get to my top three choices for antibacterial cutting boards, first a few pointers:

  • Avoid any plastic cutting boards.
    They wear quickly and the tiny nicks the knife creates on the surface over time make it impossible to clean effectively and safely. Many so-called "antibacterial cutting boards" are made from polypropylene, a "safer" plastic, but still not the best option to use around food.
  • Already have a plastic cutting board?
    Give it to your children's toy collection to save it from the landfill. They're creative minds can put it to good use without contaminating any food.
  • Avoid using antibacterial soap.
    It seems like a good idea to just use an antibacterial soap to clean your kitchen cutting board, but as this antibacterial soap article shows it might lead to more health problems than it prevents.
  • Never cross-contaminate.
    Use separate boards for animal-based products and plant-based products to avoid contaminating your food. Even with the natural antibacterial cutting boards mentioned below, this is still a good idea, especially if you have a weakened immune system or small children.
  • Clean all your cutting boards naturally.
    Use the guidelines for natural, homemade household cleaners and clean your cutting boards with safe homemade products, such as salt, white vinegar, half a lemon, soap nuts, baking soda and/or hot water.

The Best Options for an Antibacterial Cutting Board

There are three tyoes of cutting boards I would use and recommend:

3. Marble Cutting Boards

Your THIRD best option for a good, cleanable kitchen cutting board is a marble cutting board. Marble is long-lasting and non-porous if properly sealed. There is some question on the sealants used and marble does pit with many natural cleaners, because of their acidity. Not my first choice, but better than plastic.

2. Glass Cutting Boards

My second choice would be a glass cutting board. Glass is non-porous and easy to clean with any natural household cleaning products. There is a risk of dropping and shattering, even with "resistent" glass. It's rare but it's why it makes my number 2 choice.

1. Wooden Cutting Boards

A wooden kitchen cutting board is my #1 choice for antibacterial cutting board properties.

All wood cutting boards are naturally antibacterial and will actually neutralize 99.9% of bacteria left on the wood within 24 hours.1 Bamboo is also a sustainable wood, able to reach full growth in approximately 3 years, rather than decades or even hundreds of years for hardwoods, making it a sustainable choice.

The only downfall of bamboo or another wood is that it is slightly more high maintenance: you must handwash it, drying it thoroughly after washing, and it is beneficial to apply a thin coat of wax or wood moisturizer on occasion to prevent drying. It is also a little pricier in some cases, but the lifespan well makes up for the cost if it's well cared for.

For the record, the same can be said of all wooden utensils and kitchenware! Natural wood is the way to go!

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