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Why Wood Is Safer Than Plastic

The Problem with Plastic

Almost everyone has a plastic cutting board. They’re cheap, disposable, and somewhere along the way, you were led to believe that they were more sanitary for cutting raw meats. But that assumption is false.

Sure, you can throw a plastic cutting board into the dishwasher, on it’s highest heat and sanitization settings. But as you cut into a plastic cutting board, you are making knife grooves that get deeper and deeper with every cut? Those grooves collect the juice from whatever you are cutting and water, the one thing that bacteria need to grow. And as those grooves get deeper, even the most powerful dishwasher can’t penetrate them to get them fully clean or fully dry. 

So the juice and water sit in those deep grooves and bacteria grow. And the next time you cut on that board and your knife goes into one of those grooves, it brings the bacteria back with it onto your food; in addition to cutting off bits of microplastic from the board which you end up ingesting with your food. 

Why End-Grain Cherry Wood

Wood is an organic material - natural, strong, and durable. The end-grain cherry wood used in Fifth & Cherry® cutting boards is also antibacterial and exhibits self-healing properties. 

As you cut across end-grain wood, the wood fibers separate, allowing the knife blade to pass through them, and then come back together. End-grain cutting boards will get surface scratches, but will not get the deep grooves that plastic boards do.

Since wood is a natural material, the fibers actually absorb the water that bacteria need to grow. As the wood dries, the bacteria have nothing to “eat” and die. Several studies have shown that bacteria will die on wood in as little as three minutes! 

The Only Cutting Boards Refinished Forever For Free 

Fifth & Cherry’s® end-grain cherry wood is the safest and most sanitary material you can use as a cutting surface in your kitchen. To ensure that your board will always look and perform its best, Fifth & Cherry® refinishes its boards for free forever!

Each board is individually serialized to guarantee that it is an authentic Fifth & Cherry® cutting board. You can register your board on our website and when you are ready to have your board refinished, email us at

If you’d like a board for yourself or have a gifting occasion coming up, we would appreciate your consideration. Sign up for our newsletter to receive 20% off your first order and as always, our boards ship direct for free!



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