Fresh produce can cause illnesses so that it is important to wash fruits and vegetables properly and thoroughly as per the rules of the US Department of agriculture –
- Wash everything, even if it says “ready to eat” or “pre-washed”. Remember even if you peel or scrape off the outer layer, the germs, dirt, pesticides and so on at the surface can get transferred to what you will ultimately eat.
- Using running water, preferably cold, rub soft produce for half to a full minute; for harder items use a vegetable brush.
- Avoid soaps, detergents and bleaches because these can penetrate into the produce. Also there is nothing to indicate that these products clean fruit and veggies any better.
- Wash thoroughly. Make sure there are no creases and crevices that are left out, remove damaged portions, and outer leaves and layers including outer stalks and stems before washing.
- Dry off the fruits and veggies using paper towels so that there are no lingering germs that get left behind.
- Always use water to wash, blowing on it, rubbing with clothing or a dry towel will not do the job as well; so always wash and do that properly.