What can I use to clean fruits and vegetables?
Nancy from Tucson, AZ
On apples and cukes and potatoes that I leave skin on, I use a sprinkle of baking soda and plain water. I just use my hands to "scrub" and then rinse.
I wash all fruits and vegetables with soap and water! I fill the sink and wash them like you would your dishes. I love to eat the skins on potatoes, so I scrub them well. Rinse and dry. I figure if you wash and rinse your dishes, what harm can there be in cleaning your food the same way?
Vinegar is good and when I can I use antibacterial dishwashing detergent and water.
Thanks so much,
Nancy from Tucson
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When purchasing fresh produce from the grocery stores, wash well before eating. The following items are the highest in pesticides: Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cherries, Chile Peppers, Imported Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Raspberries, Strawberries and Tomatoes.
By Terri (06/29/2005)
Good reminder since this is the season for wonderful fruit. I also read to wash melons, as the pesticides will get on the knife when slicing. In the summer I shop at the Farmer's Market since they are all organic but still will rinse my produce.
Northern Virginia (06/29/2005)