How do you wash your fruit? Do you do a quick rinse under running water? Do you use a brush? How about using a produce wash? In the past, I’ve only used the first two methods to clean fruits and veggies. It wasn’t until I came across Environné, now sold as Purely™ Essential, at Expo West a while back that I began to use a produce wash to clean my produce. Since I got a sample to try, I may as well use it.
Produce washes come in foam, wipes, and spray. Actually, Environné is the only produce wash I’ve encountered that comes in foam form. You know, I have to say that I actually prefer it over a spray. The foam works just as well, after all, it’s the same formula, it just comes out of the bottle differently. I prefer it because it’s more precise, whereas a spray tends to get all over the place.
I usually just do a quick pump directly on the fruit and rub all over. I then rinse for about 30 seconds making sure all the residue has been washed. If washing more than one fruit at a time, I do a couple of quick pumps into a bowl of water.
I then add the fruit and rub each fruit. After all the individual fruits have been washed, I throw out the water and rinse with running water. It’s pretty easy.
You can see below just how much dirt was on the apples.
Since I don’t always buy organic, making sure that my produce is clean before I serve it to my family is important. I prefer to clean with something other than just running water. After a quick Google search, there are many articles that suggest simply cleaning produce with water is not enough to remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Produce washes, a vinegar solution, or a brush, are superior to water in getting rid of toxins and living organisms.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.