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Quick Cutting Board Tip

This cutting board and I have seen a lot of meals together.

Some folks have a different board for everything.  But I’m a minimalist, I don’t have a lot of space, and less is always more for me. (I do make an exception for raw meats.  They have a cutting board all to themselves.)

The trouble comes when:

Have you ever eaten an onion flavored pear?


There are two ways I keep my board in odor free condition.

The first is white vinegar.  After use, I pour a little white vinegar on the board and give it a scrub.  Vinegar is a natural disinfectant which gives me peace of mind.

But if the smell of onion is lingering…  I sprinkle the whole board with baking soda and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Then I scrub it in with a clean soapy cloth.  It makes a sort of a paste as I scrub.  Rinse the whole board and VOILA the board is odor free.

I’ve used this same board happily for many years.  With just a little maintenance my onions and pears can live happily ever after on the same board for many more years to come.

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8 Responses to “Quick Cutting Board Tip”

  • GREAT TIP! Thanks for sharing.

  • Oh great idea. Thanks for the tip! Onion flavored pears…yuck!

  • Stephanie T:

    Oh, the wonders of vinegar–I just love that stuff. Have to tell you that I made Tikka Marsala with chicken and a bit of shrimp for dinner tonight, and it was a huge hit! I couldn’t find the jarred tikka mix you recommended, but I did find a packet at our local store. What a delicious meal–thank your for the inspiration! Tomorrow I am baking the Croissant Bread Pudding recipe!

  • Wow! What an awesome blog you have here! I am hooked and will be coming back!!! I love your resourcefulness, creativity and positive outlook. Love your tutorials and ideas too.

    I also use vinegar to clean my glass coffee table. It is the only product that does not leave streaks.

    Thank you so much for sharing. Ooh Leela!

  • Annie K:

    I have a cutting board that has a burn mark from my stove on one side.(oops) I always use the scarred side for onions, garlic etc. I use the other side for fruit, bread etc. I suppose you could mark an “x” on one side of your cutting board.

  • Lori:

    Thanks for sharing your cleaning tip and Annie K. for the one about marking one side of the board. How simple is that!

  • Jan:

    I gave up all together on my wood board and have several acrylic ones I use instead. I guess if I was reading blogs bag then, I would have been able to save it by using vinegar and baking soda :-)

  • I am from Cape Town in South Africa. I make use of letfover tiles. No odours , no garlic or onion taste and its easy to clean. Didnt cost me any money.

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