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Aug 1, 2005 03:38 PM

Did I ruin my cutting board?

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I got a beautiful Pro Chef cutting board as a Christmas gift from my brother. Rubbed it with olive oil as directed. Lately I've noticed dark spots on it looking almost like mildew, but it's in the grain of the wood. What did I do wrong and how can I fix it??

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  1. Saw one time on Martha Stewart she "refreshed" a wooden cutting board by scrubbing kosher salt into it, using half a lemon as the scrubber...

    1. f

      Manufacturers of wooden cutting boards recommend that you not use vegetable oils on a wooden cutting board as they may go rancid. Sounds like that's what happened

      To try and clean it, first try cleaning it with hot water and detergent, and use a scrub brush or a scrubbing pad. If that doesn't work, then sanitize it by using 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 gallon of water or 1 to 5 solution of vinegar and water. Flood the surface and let it stand several minutes, then rinse with clean water and let air dry or pat dry with paper towels. Finally, you could try sanding it smooth (raise the grain by wiping it with a damp rag, let it dry for 24 hours, then sand) and then applying a new coating of mineral oil to it. Good luck.

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      1. re: farmersdaughter

        Start with the bleach; I recently lay bleach-soaked paper towels all over my bathroom tiles, and got rid of yellowness that I thought was just age as well as some mildewy spots that have been there since I moved into this apartment. It only took a few hours, and would probably work with your board. After you clean it with such a strong bleach solution, you'll want to clean well with soap and water or vinegar to get rid of all the bleach.

        1. re: nooodles

          Follow this bleach treatment with some asertive scraping with a stainless steel bench scraper and you'll be good as new. In the future, try a little mineral oil instead of a vegetable oil product. One of my maple blocks is over forty years old and going strong.

      2. Take it to a woodworkers shop and ask him/her to run it thru the thickness planer. Or find a friend with a planer.

        1. Make sure the mineral oil you use is FOOD GRADE!