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Produce Cleaners?

At the grocery store, I noticed a bottle of fruit and veggie wash. If you've seen it too, I bet you've wondered if it's necessary to use in order to clean produce effectively?

While it's very important to wash your produce since you don't know how many hands have touched your tomatoes or manhandled your melons, there's no need for a special cleaner. Soaps or washes can leave a residue, and they aren't any better than plain water, so save your money.

Even if your produce is organic, it still needs to be washed since bacteria such as listeria, salmonella, and E. coli can lurk on all fruits and veggies. Wait to wash your fruits and veggies until right before you're about to eat or prepare them. Wash all produce, even the ones that are pre-packaged and say "pre-washed." Wash all parts including rinds and peels you won't eat and stems you throw away since bacteria can be transferred from those parts to the parts you eat. Wash all fruits and veggies under running water and gentle scrub each one with your fingers for 60 seconds. It may take extra time, but it's better than getting sick.

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I just use a little unscented Dr. Bronners to wash fruits and veg
Advah Advah 7 years
I tend to use white vinegar diluted in some water, but the baking soda in a spray bottle is a great idea!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
This is going a bit far. I wouldn't let that stuff near my food! Water's fine for me, as long as it's clean I'm fair happy.
I can't even believe they sell this junk
zeze zeze 7 years
I like the baking soda idea, thanks!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Two words: baking soda. Seriously, it's about 10 times better than the crap you buy in a bottle and it costs like 50 cents a box. Mix some with water in a squirt bottle, shake, and spray your produce. Rub it off and rinse and your veggies will be clean.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 7 years
hahahaha manhandled your melons! and yes, i use water.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
water's fine for me
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