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.

By Annie B. Bond


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the info - very helpful!

Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen5 years ago


Lydia Price

Vinegar sounds good. I usually use boiling water.

Kerstin H.
Kerstin H5 years ago

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.

Mary j.
Nancy B5 years ago

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.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Marianne Good
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sandra C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Good information, thanks!