Years ago, I worked overtime for three days, after our hospital
admitted an entire family with salmonellosis. Someone had chopped
salad greens on a wooden cutting board that had been used to cut raw
chicken, and not washed in between. I immediately changed my wooden
cutting board for nice non-porous plastic cutting board. If you love
you wooden cutting board and love your dog enough to let it lick it,
at least follow the standard cutting board cleaning procedures!
It is often said that a dog has a cleaner mouth than humans. Well,
that is plain wrong. Dogs can transmit staph, strep and a really nasty
bug called pasteurella multocida, among other organisms.
?It?s a fact. Most dog owners never take a good look inside their
dog?s mouth. And that?s unfortunate because it is estimated that over
80 percent have significant oral pathology. Every day veterinarians
are presented with patients for routine vaccinations or other minor
afflictions whose oral health status is truly cause for alarm. Upon
displaying the dog?s loose teeth, sore and infected gums, and rotting
tooth sockets to the dog?s owner, the response usually is one of
surprise and shock.?
I know lots of people who let their dogs lick their plates, and I
too have been guilty of this on occasion. I rinse the plate well,
before sticking into the dishwasher. Plates are, however, non-porous,
while a wood cutting board is. That makes it more susceptible to
harboring and breeding bacteria and viruses.
Cleaning your cutting board as follows will also be effective in
destroying any bugs your four-footed friend leaves behind. (I might
still consider a plastic or Corian cutting board!)
?IMPORTANT: Whichever kind of cutting board you use, clean it
frequently with hot soapy water. Sanitize both wood and plastic
cutting boards with a diluted chlorine bleach or vinegar solution
consisting of one teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach in one quart of
water or a one to five dilution of vinegar. Flood the surface with a
sanitizing solution and allow it to stand for several minutes, then
rinse and air dry or pat dry with paper towels.?
Please see the link below for complete information. ?Wooden boards
need oiling once a week to seal the grain against bacteria. An oil
finish helps to prevent the wood from cracking or pulling apart at the
seams. Use a product that is (1) edible; and (2) tasteless. USP-grade
mineral oil is a popular choice as it is the cheapest pure food-grade
oil you can buy (do not use vegetable or olive oil because it can turn
rancid). Mineral oil remains safe throughout its life. NOTE: Pure
mineral oil can be easily found at your local drug store.?
?Wood cutting boards may be cleaned with a solution of household
bleach and water. Mix together 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach and one
quart of water. Wash the cutting board with hot, soapy water and rinse
thoroughly. Spray the chlorine bleach solution onto the board and let
After cleaning the board, you may want to slightly refinish the surface.
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There you go! I hope this has helped you out!
Disinfecting + wooden cutting board
Bacteria + dog?s mouth