Do you wash your fruits and vegis before you eat them?

United States
April 10, 2012 2:47pm CST
With all the scare on the news lately about contaminated produce I have been wondering if my quick rince on my produce was good enough. I was thinking about buying one of those sprays but I cant see how they would work any better than soap and water. Soap leaves a taste often though Id love to not have. Do you clean your produce before eating it and if so how?
9 responses
@MoonGypsy (4611)
• United States
10 Apr 12
i do clean my veggies, but i use the spray. i really think that you should invest in this, because it is a great product for getting all of the yucky stuff off your veggies. also soap the soap you have to be careful with. believe it are not, the skin is porous on veggies just like it is on your skin. you may not think it's getting in, but it is.
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• United States
2 May 12
I need to find a good source for the spray. It gets so expensive. I know fruits and vegis breath and that we need to be careful the things that are getting into our foods not just on them. Thank you.
@bjc66bjc (6740)
• United States
10 Apr 12
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@Ma2rvi (22)
11 Apr 12
Hey thanks for telling about that lemon solvent as I was unaware of it.
• United States
2 May 12
If its a lemon solivent could I use lemon oil? I will look at the vegi wash next time I am at the grocery store. I just worry about the added cost to my food budget. I guess the cost of the product makes all the difference and I will quit worrying about the cost until I know how much it is.
• United States
2 May 12
Thank you for your reply. I am really getting a lot of good input here.
• United States
16 Apr 12
I think that you are right. It costs less to eat junk food. Around here all our "fresh" produce is trucked in so it costs more. Allo the packaged stuff is shipped in as well but it costs less to make it in bulk than the fresh produce.
• United States
2 May 12
Ive been looking for local sources more. Its tough to find them. I am trying to put in a bigger garden this year so help offset those costs. I have limited space. Im trying to be smart with my money and space at the same time and plant things we will eat.
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
13 Apr 12
Yes, I rinse pretty thoroughly. I've never used soap or that spray. I just spend a lot of time under the water and then wipe it a lot. I tend to clean the stuff I eat raw really well, like lettuce. Other things like broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, etc that I eat raw I will blanch them for a few brief seconds in boiling water and then submerge them in ice cold water immediately. A side benefit to doing this process is that the bright fresh colors come out in them more and I feel it tastes just a bit better.
• United States
2 May 12
Cleaning lettuce and leaf vegis are a big concern for me. We eat a lot of fresh vegis and fruits here. The thing that scares me is the big scare with ecoli right from the farms.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
12 Apr 12
I do rinse it off. I do not use soap though. I have never used the spray either.
• United States
2 May 12
Ive washed with soap but I dont regularly. It does leave a taste then I wonder which is worse for me. I have my soap that is safe to eat but it doesnt mean its good for me.
@mmall69 (194)
• India
11 Apr 12
I will wash the fruits before eating and vegetables before cooking... and it is must...because lot of dust and small insects will be there...
• United States
2 May 12
Ewww. Im my head I would think I could see the insects but how close do I look really. Good point.
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
11 Apr 12
i always see to it that i rinse any veggies or fruits before i put them in the refrigerator or when i am about to it them....you dont know how dirty it is coming from the farm to market and to your home...there might be some sediments of pesticides in it so rinse it very well before you eat or cook your foods...
• United States
2 May 12
I think in our minds we imagine a beautiful farm full of happy animals and farmers that love to produce the best and cleanest products possible. The reality is probably very different. If they can make more money by using pestisides and other things we dont want on our produce they probably still would because its a job to them. Im going to think about washing my foods more.
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@Ma2rvi (22)
10 Apr 12
Yah I do this very necessary and healthy habit you should not use and spray or soaps I guess infect try a new tip of mine when ever you get fruits or veggie soak them in a bowl full of cold water for at least 15 minutes , then wash them with running water using a stainer .I am user this will Gina work out .
• United States
2 May 12
Do you soak them just before you eat them or as soon as you get home with them? I could add this to my shopping routine. Its worth a try especially since its free and easy. Thank you.
• India
20 Jul 12
It is a must that I clean my produce before eating. This fruits and vegetable have been in the open where every kind of dirt has been falling on them. All kinds of insects have been resting on them where they have been growing. To remove the insects the fruits and vegetables have been sprayed with pesticides. You need to clean them thoroughly before eating them.