How to Wash Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

It is very important that fresh vegetables and fruits are properly washed before consuming. Contamination of various fruits and vegetables can be the primary cause for food poisoning and proper measures should be taken to make sure that you and your family are not at risk.

Things Required:

– Vegetables and Fruits
– Sink
– Colander (if required)
– Water
– Spray Bottle
– Vinegar
– Hydrogen Peroxide
– Knife


  • 1

    Take all the fruits and vegetables and put them near the sink as you turn on the water. Make sure that the water is either cool or warm and not boiling or freezing. Take each piece of fruit or vegetable and place it under the running water as you run your hands over the surface. Keep rubbing your hands over all the fruit and vegetables as this will remove any dirt or debris that might be stuck on the skin. If you see any damaged areas on the items then carefully use the knife to carve them out.

  • 2

    If you want to speed up the process then put your fruits or vegetables in a colander and put it under running water. You can shake the colander a few times as the water cleans the food items properly.

  • 3

    A kitchen sink is usually very deep and quite large. Put in the stopper and fill the sink with water. Take all the fruits or vegetables that you want to clean and place them in the sink. Let all the food items sit underwater for a few minutes. You can use your hands to rub the outside part of the fruits or vegetables to remove any dirt or chemicals. Once you are done, take the food items out of the sink and let the dirty water drain out.

  • 4

    Another great way to wash your fresh vegetables and fruits is to make a mixture of water and vinegar in a clean spray bottle. Gently spray the items before you rinse them in the sink. The vinegar will remove all the chemicals that might be sticking to the outside surface of the vegetables or fruits. You can also make a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide that is very effective at sanitizing food. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the fruit and vegetables under running water in the sink, after spraying them with the vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solutions.

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