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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  • 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.



  • Anything i peel no, but everything else yes even if it claims to be pre washed and ready to eat…



  • umm I don’t wash mine, is that bad?


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