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Old 01-10-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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How Do You Clean a Wood Cutting Board?

I have a counter-top wood cutting board that I use for prepping veggies, herbs, fruits, etc (no meat or dairy). I usually wash it in the sink with a little soap and water and dry it right away, but I can tell that it's starting to warp. This isn't the first one that I've done this to , but I'm not sure how else to clean it. Someone told me just to wipe it off with a damp rag, but that just doesn't seem sanitary enough to me.

Any suggestions? (Oh, I do condition it periodically, too.)

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Old 01-10-2008, 10:13 AM   #2
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It could be warping due to improper storage. Thin, long grain boards should be stored flat. If your drying it off right away it shouldn't warp.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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I wash mine with a mild soap if I've cut cooked meat or cheese, or just water if veggies fruits etc. I keep mine oiled. I don't cut raw meats or poultry on the board. I have a composite for that and it goes in the dishwasher.
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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I keep a spray bottle with about 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 lemon juice and 1/3 water in the kitchen and use it on my wood boards and granite countertop. I spray the board and let it sit for a few minutes, then hold it over the trash can and wipe off the spray and any crumbs, etc., with a damp sponge.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:24 PM   #5
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This may seem obvious, but whatever method you use, do not put a wooden board in the dishwasher. It will come out squeaky clean...and be ruined about the third time you do it (warped beyond recognition).
I would use GotGarlic's method in the post above.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:22 PM   #6
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I wash mine with a mild soap if I've cut cooked meat or cheese, or just water if veggies fruits etc. I keep mine oiled. I don't cut raw meats or poultry on the board. I have a composite for that and it goes in the dishwasher.
Hey Robo, what's a composite?
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:22 PM   #7
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This may seem obvious, but whatever method you use, do not put a wooden board in the dishwasher. It will come out squeaky clean...and be ruined about the third time you do it (warped beyond recognition).
I would use GotGarlic's method in the post above.
I've got a number of wood boards, and with one exception I put them all in the dishwasher (yup, in spite of being told I'm not supposed to). None of them are any the worse for wear *shrug*
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:13 PM   #8
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Hey Robo, what's a composite?
It's one of those white cutting boards - does that explain it?
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:31 AM   #9
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Ahhhh...the wooden cutting board! Well...it looks as though the question has two parts: (a) How do I clean it? and, (b) Why is it warping?

Well...cleaning a wooden cutting board is simple. Allow it to dry thoroughly after cleaning. The wood fibers actually draw moisture into the wood and disperse it well enough to kill bacteria. Use salt, lemon ...whatever...but allow it to dry thoroughly! Bacteria requires warmth and moisture to propagate.

Warping? Wood warps because of too much moisture on one side and not enough on the other. Are you using one side and washing it more that the other? The grain of the wood also plays a factor.

Warping boards require dampening the concave side and weighting them down to flatten.

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I spray neat alcohol on mine, it will kill Everything!

Do try to make sure there are no sources of ignition around though
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