Why You Need To Be Washing Your Fruits & Vegetables

Why You Need To Be Washing Your Fruits & Vegetables

After all the recent concerns and food recalls people are paying more attention to the food they’re consuming. Farmers and produce growers use pesticides to control various pests and disease carriers, like ticks, mosquitos, mice and rats. So, unfortunately almost no food is 100% pesticide residue free. Even organic farmers have to use them. However, to be classified ‘organic’ the produce is far more regulated. 

Since pesticides are pretty unavoidable we should all be washing all our fruits and veggies. Below are the list of this year’s dirtiest produce that may require a little extra scrubbing. 

Dirty Dozen for 2019:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach 
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

And here are a few steps you can take to get your produce squeaky clean.

Wash your hands with warm soapy water before handling any food.

For leafy greens you will want to remove outer leaves and throw away any that are wilted. Then spray with Arm & Hammer Fruit and Vegetable Wash, let sit for 15 minutes and pat dry with a towel or use a salad spinner. We like this one.

If it has a rind it still needs to be washed! Even items such as oranges or potatoes, where you remove the skin, still should be rinsed. Any bacteria on the outside can carry over to the inside when cut with a knife. Spray the food and then use a soft scrub brush if necessary.

Mushrooms can absorb liquid easily so you may want to spray your Arm & Hammer cleaner onto a towel then, gently wipe the caps, rinse and pat dry. 

For all of your berries wait to spray them right before you eat them so they stay fresh for as long as possible.

So make sure you’re washing and rinsing all those fruits and veggies. Since pesticides are pretty unavoidable, your family and stomach, will thank you!