Sorry if this topic has already been covered but I couldn't find anything directly related to my situation.
While I'm aware keeping cutting boards sanitary is a well-trodden topic, I've never personally experienced any issues, until now. I cut up a cantaloupe on a plastic cutting board the other day. A few minutes later I noticed some gray spots (presumably mold or spores) and frankly got kind of grossed out. Rather than risk contaminating my cleaning pad I figured I would just put the board in the dishwasher. Admittedly, I didn't do this immediately. Anyway, when I eventually ran the dishwasher the cutting board looked no better. After some on-line research just now I soaked the board in some bleach and water and the gray spots seemed to go away, but the orange spots from the cantaloupe juice remained, even after some old-fashioned scrubbing by hand. I put the board in the dishwasher and will see what happens next time I run the cycle.
Should I throw out the board? I've had it for years so maybe it's exceeded its shelf life but I'm kind of spooked now by what else could be growing on my kitchen stuff ...
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