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Poll: Do You Wash Fruit Before Eating It?

Do You Wash Fruit Before Eating It?

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PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
Yes. I think washing is a must.
fashionista119 fashionista119 6 years
Yes. Always. I buy mostly organic, so I'm not so worried about pesticides, but I'm totally skeeved by all the hands that have touched the fruit. I wash everything with Environne Fruit & Veg Wash. I even wash things that I peel or cut into (like melon) cause when you slice through, bacteria can be transferred from the knife to the fruit. I know it's a little obsessive, but that's just me.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
I give the fruits a quick rinse because I don't know where the heck the darn thing has been or who it was handled by. Rinsing it just gives me a peace of mind :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
yes - i wash just about everything before i eat it - unless you're supossed to peel it before eating - and then it's kind of a moot point.
muse2323 muse2323 6 years
I wash (rinse) fruit and veggies--although it took me a while to convince my hubby to do the same. (I think I read him a story from a blog about a shopper observing a 2-yr-old sneezing (snotty sneezes) all over the grapes display.)
rachelsmith rachelsmith 6 years
I'm such a non-germaphobe, it's not funny. I'd lick the floor without being grossed out too much, but I would NEVER eat a cantaloupe (they have tons of salmonella etc.) without washing it. I believe in a healthy dose of germs, avoiding antibacterials and such, but I'm not cool with eating pesticides. You know, since they're designed to be poisons and all?
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Germs do not bother me much. I have a healthy gut flora and if you do, you don't really have to worry about things infecting you. I'm slightly more worried about pesticides, but even if you wash them off, some will still be on there. It's not like they spray fruit just before it's picked or anything. For everyone that rinses fruit off and rubs it to get the "nasty" germs off of it...you're sort of wasting your time. All you're doing is rearranging the germs. If you want to kill the germs, soak the fruit in a weak solution of bleach for at least 30 seconds, then rinse it about 10 times to get the bleach off. Most of you that wash the germs off of your fruit are eating the germs anyway. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that's just kind of how it is.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 6 years
PS: Yum, I'm totally with you! If I forget to wash it while I'm the kitchen it's highly unlikely, especially if it's an apple (don't ask why...)
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 6 years
I always wash my fruit, but I'm far more lazy when it comes to greens like lettuce, herbs, etc. They just take so long to dry. I'll spend more on the pre-packaged, pre-washed stuff.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
only with fruit that has edible skin.
Food Food 6 years
Weffie -- Ew! That said, although I wash fruit when I eat it at home, sometimes when I'm at work I'm just too lazy to make the trek to the kitchen, which feels like it's in a faraway land...
weffie weffie 6 years
it's the hands i'm worried about too, but more so the hands of whoever picked the fruits... on my friend's berry farm they have no bathrooms for the workers that spend all day in the fields, it's icky!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I've never washed a banana before eating it, either. Everything else - yes.
khameel khameel 6 years
I wash everything, except for bananas.
samantha999 samantha999 6 years
I just get skeezed by watching people handle fruit and veg, put up to their nose, sniff it, squeeze it and then put it back. Hubby thinks i am weird when I ask him to reach for the ones in the back out of reach. Besides do you think anyone washes it once it's been picked?
chancleta chancleta 6 years
I'm with you Sam!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
i wash most fruit
chancleta chancleta 6 years
Yes totally! You never know who or were your fruit has been before you touched it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
apples, berries, yes.... bananas, mangoes, etc. no
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 6 years
If I'm going to eat the skin, yes. If I'm just going to peel it off, no.
victork victork 6 years
For the most part, I only wash soft fruits, like strawberries. It's more that I'm lazy, rather than having some deeper reason, like believing I'm boosting my immune system by exposing myself to unclean fruit. This habit is yet to have done noticeable harm so far, so I'm not worried.
samantha999 samantha999 6 years
it's not the pesticides that worry me it's all the hands that have touched it and what might have crawled across it in the store.
akapluto akapluto 6 years
what does WASH mean really? i'll give an apple a quick rinse, maybe a hard wipe against my tshirt... but i'm not really worried about pesticides or bacteria and i can't tell you why.
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