The Kitchn · May 29, 2018

How To Make Your Own Fruit and Veggie Wash — How To

While it's tempting to eat fresh produce straight out of the grocery bag, please don't! Commercial produce sanitation is up to speed, but most of our own produce-handling practices are not: That piece of fruit has likely been touched by many hands before it got into your cart — unwashed hands, like those of my young children. For that, I apologize (and suggest you wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them).

While store-bought veggie washes have not been proven to be as effective as we'd like them to be, you might not be comfortable just running your produce under cold water, per the FDA's recommendations. If that's the case, consider making your own fruit and veggie wash to loosen debris, remove pesticides, and eliminate some of the bacteria that other grocery shoppers passed on to your produce.

Read more: Are Veggie Washes a Waste of Money?

Here's how to make your own wash for fruits and veggies.


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