|organic housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck|
Cliver and Ak...found that all the wooden cutting boards killed bacteria, while all the plastic ones encouraged bacterial growth. Wood fibers absorb and kill bacteria...While new, unscarred plastic boards can be successfully cleaned with hot water and detergent...used plastic boards cannot be successfully cleaned. Vigorous scrubbing...does not remove or kill the bacteria that have lodged in knife scars on plastic boards; running contaminated plastic cutting boards though a dishwasher simply spread bacteria around... (p. 119My father, a horticulturalist, confirms that trees have antimicrobial properties. Who knew? This whole time I was avoiding using wooden spoons when cooking meat. I think I'll be investing in some wooden cutting boards before too long.