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How to Get Rid of Cutting Board Odors

How to Get Rid of Cutting Board Odors

I donít recommend people cut meat on cutting boards, but on a
plate that is then washed in the dish washer instead.

This keeps potentially deadly bacteria from growing in the cracks and crevices of cutting boards of any material. But, even when just used for chopping vegetables, cutting boards develop odors that need to
be neutralized.

Hereís the easy way to get your cutting boards smelling fresh
again. Kitchen cupboard ingredients are all you need to do the trick!

1. First, if the odors are acid in nature, sprinkle board with baking soda. Spray with water to moisten the baking soda, then allow it to sit on the board for 30 minutes. Rinse.

2. If the odors are alkaline, this second formula will work like magic. Just spray straight white vinegar on the board and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.

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10:30AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thanks for the info - very helpful!

4:10AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


8:48AM PST on Feb 22, 2013


6:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Vinegar sounds good. I usually use boiling water.

5:32AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

The news I was reading lately as a result of some institute's research is: wooden cutting boards ace out any other material concerning bacteria and germ contamination!

The measured bacteria amount in several tests was lowest on the 'good old' wooden board. - Even compared with some plastic material that could be cleaned in the dishwasher.
I'm not so sure if that was different when meat was being cut, meaning if meat is an exception, but as far as I remember it was referring to all kinds of food.
Especially nutwood/walnut-wood doesn't harm your knives and has the most anti-germ and -bacteria effect. Provided you take care by 'cutting the food an not the board' as much as possible - as well as giving it a weekly treatment with olive oil.

10:30AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

cutting meat on a porcelin plate will dull the knife.I scrub my cutting boards with soap and hot water and then dry them. I have never had a problem with them. I do sand them down periodically.

1:59AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Thank you :)

10:53AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

11:39AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:29AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Good information, thanks!

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