How to Get Rid of the Garlic Taste From Your Cutting Board

Hedy Phillips
tmp_UGNA3V_09c5ada5afa6a557_imattsmart-cy0EPm2IhI8-unsplash.jpg
tmp_UGNA3V_09c5ada5afa6a557_imattsmart-cy0EPm2IhI8-unsplash.jpg

My least favorite part about cooking with garlic is the lingering smell and taste. Not only does it end up on my hands, but if I mince garlic, my cutting board holds that flavor for what seems like forever, and, in turn, flavors any food I cut on that board after. However, there are ways to get rid of the garlic taste from your cutting board.

First of all, the stench and cleaning will vary based on what kind of cutting board you have. Wood and plastic cutting boards hold onto the odor more than a glass cutting board. A glass cutting board can generally be cleaned just with soapy water, and you should be set. However, your wood and plastic boards will need a little more help. The Kitchn recommends making a baking soda and water paste to clean your board. Mix three parts baking soda and one part water, and use the paste to scrub your board.

It also notes that a lemon and salt scrub (made with lemon juice and salt) can work to remove the garlic odor, but you might be left with a lemony scent instead.

Cooks Illustrated advocates for using a cut apple or cut potato to remove the smell from a cutting board. It cites a study that claims foods that brown can get rid of bad breath, thus, it could work on a bad smell on a surface, too. The site reads, "Browning is a sign that a certain enzyme (polyphenol oxidase) has been released by bruising or cutting and is reacting with oxygen. This enzyme can oxidize sulfurous compounds, including the thiols and thiocyanates that give garlic its pungent odor, turning them into odorless compounds."

All of these options should work pretty well for removing the garlic smell and taste, but a foolproof plan is to just have an extra cutting board that you can use for your stinkiest foods like garlic and onions. This way, you don't have to worry about the odor transferring to other foods.

More From

  • Kanye West Tweets That He's Running For President in 2020

    Is Kanye West heading down the campaign trail? On July 4th, the 43-year-old rapper tweeted that he is running for president in the upcoming 2020 election against Donald Trump - whom he has publicly supported in the past - and Joe Biden.

  • Thinking About Playing Tennis Amid COVID-19? Take USTA's Safety Tips Into Consideration

    We know from past experts we've interviewed that some evidence suggests that exercise can increase the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), specifically when it's exercise that is more aerobically intense and in groups. That being said, there are two factors that make workouts safer and reduce the risk of spreading the virus: being outdoors and being physically distanced from other people.

  • 40 Feel-Good Musicals You Can Watch on Disney+ Right Now

    I don't know about you, but nothing lifts my spirits like a good movie musical. There's just something about singing at the top of my lungs that brings me instant joy. Thankfully, Disney+ has me covered, with an abundance of titles on their streaming service. From award-winning musicals like The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins to Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, there are so many options to choose from. There are even Disney Channel original movies like High School Musical and Camp Rock for that extra dose of nostalgia. Plus, Broadway's Hamilton is now streaming on Disney+. If you're looking for a feel-good movie to stream as you stay at home, keep scrolling for titles to add to your watchlist. Related: These 31 Musicals on Netflix Will Have You Singing and Dancing Along

  • Hamilton Is a Family-Friendly Musical, but There Are a Few Things to Know Before Watching

    If you couldn't nab Hamilton tickets during the original run of the show, don't waste your shot to stream it now. Lin-Manuel Miranda's masterpiece about the $10-dollar founding father has finally hit Disney+.