A Cheap and Easy Way to Wash Your Vegetables

Did you know that fresh produce is often covered with wax, bacteria, and even pesticide residues? Nutrition Diva has the simple solution

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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A Cheap and Easy Way to Wash Your Vegetables


It’s important to wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove surface impurities like wax, soil, bacteria, and even pesticide residues. But there’s no need to buy expensive vegetable sprays!

Simply pour undiluted white vinegar into a reusable spray bottle and keep it by the sink. To clean your produce, spray it with the vinegar, rub it with your hands, and rinse thoroughly.  Remember to clean lemons and limes before putting them in drinks! For more, see this discussion on the Nutrition Diva Facebook page.

For more on reducing exposure to pesticides, including whether or not peeling fruit is a good alternative, click here.

And for information on international pesticide levels, check out this Quick Tip.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.