A cutting board is like a kitchen diary. If not properly cleaned, it will smell like everything it touched, including fish, raw meat, onion or garlic. And that doesn’t sound delicious.
How to properly clean and deodorize a cutting board?
The best and most popular way, not to mention easy and efficient way, is to cut a lemon in half and rub it all over the cutting board, previously covered in salt.
Baking soda is another ingredient one can use to clean a cutting board, also being great for deodorizing. Keep the lemon, though, and use the baking soda and the salt in the above reminded method.
Of course, you can use liquid dish washing detergent, but that never gets rid of the smell. It only does the trick for the moment. After a few minutes the cutting board starts to smell again.
Moreover, due to the bacteria found in raw meat, it is not recommended to use the dish washing sponge onto the cutting board, because the bacteria actually gets on and inside the sponge and stays there, if the sponge is not sanitized, when finished with it.
If the circumstances call for using the sponge, you can sanitize it using the microwave. Just make sure it is wet and not dry when placed inside. Or you can submerge it in water with lemon slices and then place the containing bowl inside the microwave.
To get rid of the smell settled inside the wooden cutting board, after cleaning it of the remaining bits of food or whatever ingredient or product handled on it, pour onto it a generous amount of lemon juice and leave it for a few minutes, before rinsing.