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Dec 27, 2006 12:22 AM

How do you wash off the smell of onions or garlic that stained on a wooden cutting board?

I have been trying to get rid of the vegitable smell, especially those strong smell of onions and garlic, that are stained on my wooden cutting board. Simply washing with a dish ditergent and a sponge is not doing anything. Since my wooden cutting board is my good fun cooking partner I really would like to find out a way to do something about this stained smell... It certanly discourages me to cook. Does anyone have a good advice to it?

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  1. Have you tried a cut lemon and salt rub?

    1. Try shaking baking soda on the board. Then Kosher salt. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and rub with the lemon half until the salt is dissolved. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water.

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      1. re: personalcheffie

        We agree on another topic again. I have a few clients who almost get physically sick at the smell of chopped garlic,onions and other strong veggies on their counters and cutting boards.

        I love being able to work in $50K residential kitchens, and get paid for it.

      2. Lemon and Kosher Salt rub . Salt and Vingear. Bleach and water. Wipe dry then air dry coat with mineral oil.

        1. Get one of those synthetic material cutting boards, much less odor absorbent & easier to clean.

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          1. re: RicRios

            Also much more likely to spoil your food if you don't disinfect them after every use. Wood is far better when it comes to bacterial resistance.

            1. re: andreas

              Yep it's amazing the number of people who don't understand that wood has a natural anti bacterial.

          2. Vingear is great ...I let my sit in it for awhile and it comes out great.