Wooden Boards: What is the best way to clean wooden cutting boards?

I recently got an e-mail from Kitty asking, “What is the best way to clean wood cutting boards?” While there are lots of other choices in cutting boards these days, wooden boards are still very popular. According to the USDA, wooden boards are porous and should be cleaned after each use. If they are solid hardwood, they can go into the dishwasher. Wooden laminate boards can’t go into the dishwasher and should be scrubbed in hot soapy water after use. Once the board has been thoroughly washed and rinsed, you can sanitize it with a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water. If your board becomes worn and has deep grooves, it is time for a new one. For more information, go to USDA.
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