How to Wash Your Fruit and Veg – And Why You Should!

How to Wash Your Fruit and Veg – And Why You Should!

Whether it's organic produce, from the grocery store, or homegrown vegetables from your backyard, proper washing of fruit and vegetables is essential for ensuring safe consumption. While organic and homegrown options may seem pristine, they can still harbor harmful bacteria, pesticides, or dirt. In this article, we will explore why all fruits and vegetables should be washed before consumption and provide guidelines for properly cleaning them to safeguard your health.

1. Eliminating harmful bacteria

Even organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables can come into contact with harmful bacteria, such as E. coli or Salmonella, during cultivation, transportation, or storage. Washing produce under running water significantly reduces the risk of bacterial contamination, protecting you and your family from potential foodborne illnesses.

2. Removing pesticides and residues

Regardless of how fruits and vegetables are grown, they can be exposed to pesticides, herbicides, and other agricultural chemicals. Even organic produce can have harmful residue on them, such as insect waste, traces of compost, or residue from being transported. Washing produce effectively removes a significant portion of these residues, reducing your exposure to potentially harmful substances. This holds true for both conventionally grown and organic produce.

3. Washing away dirt and debris

Fruits and vegetables usually carry dirt, soil, or other debris, even if they are grown in your own garden. Thoroughly rinsing them under running water helps remove these impurities, ensuring a clean and appetising eating experience.

4. Ensuring food is safe for bubs

When it comes to feeding your bub, mums know how important fresh fruit and vegetables are! But the importance of properly washing fruit and vegetables cannot be overstated, especially if your little one loves fresh snacks. Babies have developing immune systems and are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses. Washing produce removes harmful bacteria, pesticides, and dirt that may pose a risk to your baby's health. By prioritising proper washing techniques, you can ensure that the fruits and vegetables you feed your little one are clean, safe, and contribute to their healthy growth and development.

Proper washing techniques

Follow these guidelines to ensure your fruit and vegetables are thoroughly washed before you enjoy them:

  • Start with clean hands and kitchen equipment: Before handling produce, wash your hands, chopping board, knives, and other equipment to avoid transferring any bacteria or contaminants. Our non-toxic plant-based fruit and veg wash is perfect for this, giving you all the cleaning power of soap in a gentle, safe, residue-free solution!
  • Rinse under running water: Place the fruit or vegetable under cool, running water. Gently rub the surface with your fingers or use a soft brush for firmer produce like melons or potatoes.
  • Use a non-toxic fruit and veg wash: Avoid using soap, detergents, or bleach as they can leave residues and are not designed for consumption. Instead, use a non-toxic plant-based fruit and veg wash that is flavourless and residue-free, providing plenty of cleaning power.
  • Pay extra attention to leafy greens: For leafy greens, such as lettuce or spinach, separate the leaves and rinse them individually. This helps to remove any hidden dirt or debris trapped between the leaves.
  • Cut away damaged or bruised areas: If you notice any bruised or damaged spots on the produce, consider cutting them away before consuming. These areas may have higher bacterial concentrations.
  • Use a produce brush: For produce with rough or textured skin, like cucumbers or carrots, a produce brush can be useful in removing dirt or residues that may be trapped in crevices.
  • Soaking: Some fruits and vegetables, like berries, can benefit from a brief soak in a solution of water and vinegar (3 parts water to 1 part vinegar) to help remove pesticides. Rinse them thoroughly afterward under running water.

Regardless of the source, it is crucial to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption. By following proper washing techniques and using our non-toxic plant-based fruit and veg wash, you can significantly reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, remove pesticides and residues, and eliminate dirt and debris. Prioritising safe food handling practices ensures that you and your family can enjoy the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables with peace of mind. Stay healthy and make washing produce a habit for a cleaner and safer eating experience!


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