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I used to wash fruit in water (especially if I was worried about germs from store handling etc.). If I was going to cook I thought the heat would kill germs. But I’ve recently heard that water is not enough. Pesticides etc. need a 10% salt solution. How do other people wash fruit/veg? And do you do it as soon as you get home before putting in storage/fridge, if so do you just leave to dry on counter top for 24 hours so as not to encourage mould?


Posted by mom176887, 26th May 2016


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  • water is fine. the farmers would not use a pesticide on fruit and veg that was dangerous to consumers and requiring more than a water wash. since the emergence in trend for organic produce there has been a real increase in articles to sway people towards organic.


  • With veggies like pumpkin, carrots and potato, I sit them in some water in the sink to peel them. Other veggies I might give a quick rinse. I think the pesticides are absorbed into the product anyway, so washing won’t do much full stop


  • I do the apple cider vinegar treatment.


  • I just rinse with water, and drain with a colander. Never had a problem.


  • I put them straight into the sink with white and a capful of vinegar, while i unpack everything else, then i put them on paper towel to dry and then put away accordingly.


  • I fill a tub full of water and use a cap of white vinegar. It gets rid of any bugs that may be on lettuce or any other veggies and sterilises them.


  • In the past I didn’t even wash them a lot of the time (bad I know) but since having a baby I am more concerned and have started soaking in vinegar and water then drying on bench


  • Water and apple cider vinegar is the way to go!


  • I’ve always washed my fruit & veg under running water before eating/cooking. I prefer to fill a sink for washing lettuce & then drain in a colander.


  • Personally we cook most of our veg so I only give it a quick rinse under the tap. If I am cooking for Bub I just use the kettle water after it has cooled down. We usually purchase our veg from a local market not the supermarkets so a little more organic


  • If it’s something to peel, I don’t wash unless there’s thick coat of mud on skin.
    Otherwise, I fill up the small basin, wash and let stand for 5 minutes before I scoop them up to drip dry, then proceed to cook them.


  • i WASH IT WHEN READY TO USE IT A LOTS OF OUR VEG LIKE POTATOES CARROTS ETC WE PEEL ANY WAY TOO. iF i AM DOING JACKET POTATOES i SCRUB SKIN THOURGHLY, AS NOURISH MENT AND RUFFAGE IN SKIN


  • Nothing fancy here-just a quick wash under the tap


  • I just give a quick rinse under the tap – but must admit most vegies are home grown so I know there is no chemicals on them.


  • I have always washed just with water and pat dry with towel so far 25years later I’m alive and well.


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