A cutting board is essential — even if you only ever cut drink garnishes, slicing limes on a dormroom desk is pretty gross.
Step 1: Scrub both sides When you're finished using the board, use a sponge to scrub both sides with hot water and dishwashing liquid.
Step 2: Rinse well Rinse well, but do not dunk your board.
TIP: Never leave your wooden cutting board in water—the wood can split.
Step 3: Rub w/ salt & lemon If stains persist, dust the board with coarse salt and rub the board vigorously with half of a lemon. Rinse.
Step 4: Dry with towel Dry the board with a clean towel.
Step 5: Allow to dry Place the board in a drying rack or lean it against a clean surface to allow it to dry completely.
TIP: If you are drying more than one board, do not stack them.
Step 6: Sand down difficult stains For impossible stains, sand the spot down with a piece of fine-grained sandpaper, making sure to go with the grain of the wood. If your friends mock you for your cleanliness, refuse to garnish their drinks.
FACT: Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the Western world.