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Choose a Cutting Board Wisely

Some materials are easier to keep clean

(HealthDay) -- You might think that one cutting board is pretty much like all the others, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that isn't so. It's important to choose a cutting board that's easy to clean and to keep it free of bacteria.

The FDA says plastic is a good choice because it's less porous than wood, making it less likely to harbor bacteria. It's also easier to clean. But a board made of a hard wood, like maple, also is acceptable.

The key is to keep the board clean.

The agency says you should wash it well with soap and water after each use. A scrub brush is a good way to make sure bacteria doesn't remain in any cracks. Finally, a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 gallon of water in a spray bottle by can be used regularly to disinfect your cutting board.

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