How to clean fruits and vegetables

This sounds like a silly task, but amazingly enough, not everyone knows you are supposed to clean your fruits and veggies before eating, and most people actually don't know what is the best way to clean them.

So here I come with easy simple and scientifically approved tips:

1. No soap wash!

It feels obvious that if soap, detergent and commercial produce washes are good for us, why should they not be good for fruits and veggies, right?!
Well, for one it may not actually kill and/or get rid of the specific contamination there is on our produce.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not recommend the use of them... at all!

2. Running water is a go!

Most fruits and veggies will do fine with a wash with clean, potable, cold, running tap water.
This will rinse off most of the bacteria, fungus, dirt, pesticides, and any other kind of issues you may find on them.
Preferably when washing under running water, rubbing the items will help get rid of the impurities.
FDA recommends you to wash raw fruits and vegetables very well before you peel, cut, eat, or cook with them.

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3. No time

I understand sometimes we are completely out of time, and can't really stop to wash our produce. So what can you do instead to ensure you won't get contaminated?!
If they are foods that you would boil first, throw away the water in which you boiled the item, that is a good go.

Another good idea, if it is an item you won't boil, having a spray bottle with distilled water and spray your produce. Or just a quick wash under running water.

4. Vinegar to clean

Yes, that is the best way to clean your produce at home, the big issue is using the correct amount of it. The formulation that will clean your fruits and veggies is a 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
This can be used in a spray bottle, in a bowl, in your sink, whichever way you feel more comfortable to soak your food in.

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5. How do I clean the smooth-skinned items?

Remember that beautiful solution we talked about in the previous item?
Well, you can dip them in a container with that solution and letting it rest for 30 seconds, then rinse off the solution with cold running water to get rid of the vinegar taste.
When rinsing it is advised by the FDA that you don't use hard scrubbers, but instead rub the items in your hands gently. This will keep the produce intact avoiding the possible contamination before the item is cleaned.

6. And how do I clean the rough or firm skinned items?

Things like cauliflower, leafy greens, broccoli, potatoes and so on are usually harder to clean. They definitely need a soak in our magical solution for 1 to 2 minutes, followed by a scrub with a brush and finally rinsed under running water.
Do keep in mind that items like cabbage, lettuce and other foods, you will need to separate the leaves so each leaf can be cleaned properly.

7. What about the fragile produce?

What, like raspberries?
Simple actually, just put them in a colander, spray the glorious solution on them, let them sit for 30 seconds, and rinse it off still in the colander with running water.

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And my last tips:

- After washing, dry your food with a clean paper towel, this will help clean even more of any possible contamination that may have stayed behind. And if you are washing before you store it in your fridge, this action will avoid your item from getting mold very quickly.

- Discard the outer leaves of your leafy item like cabbage and lettuce, but still wash all the other leaves.

- Foods that you don't eat the flesh are also to be washed before cutting or peeling them. This way you will avoid transferring the contamination on the skin to go on your edible part.

Did I help you in any way?
Do you have any other ways to make the cleaning easier but still effective?
Leave me a comment letting me know.


  1. What a great and comprehensive guide to cleaning fruit and veg, thanks for sharing:-)

  2. That is an excellent way to clean the fruits and vegetables at home. I am definitely going to try it out.

  3. Vinegar is the most multipurpose thing out there!!

    1. It is! People tend to think of things like bleach but they don't realize that there are other things that are just as awesome if not more.

  4. What an interesting post with lots of good tips and advise.

    1. I'm glad I was able to make it interesting! ;)

  5. It has always amazed me when I see friends who don't wash their fruits and veggies. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about all of the germs, pesticides, and people who have handled that pieces of food before I even think about putting in my home. Great tips here!

    1. Oh my goodness, don't even tell me, I flip out when I see people not even caring about cleaning their food!!!!


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