what should I wash fruits and veggies in?

I know you're supposed to eat the skins of many fruits and vegetables to get the added fiber and nutrients, BUT I'm hesitant as I feel like I'm also ingesting a lot of germs at the same time. What is something good to wash my apples, peaches, tomatos etc. with before eating? I'm wondering if vinegar would work. I know that I can't use soap as the taste would probably not ever wash off. I know to really scrub the skins of potatos before I bake them etc, but I'm wondering what to use on stuff you normally just grab and eat and/or slice up (like tomatos, cucumbers, lemons, oranges etc.)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Water does fine at rinsing off any germs that may be present on the surface. Pesticide residue is a non-issue for any produce that was grown in the US and most any 'first world' country. In any event vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda etc. do *nothing* to eliminate any residues that would be present!

    You CAN use a liquid soap like Dr. Bronners (or even ordinary dishwashing liquid) to remove the wax or shellac that a lot of produce is coated in, and in the unlikely event that any significant pesticide residue remains those soaps will cut those also. No soap taste will remain if you rinse all the soap off!

    If you dig up the MSDS sheets on those special sprays you'll discover the main ingredients ARE highly diluted dishwashing liquid! They're nothing more than a high profit margin scam.

    Source(s): Vegetarians do not eat fish. A fish eater is a Piscivore. Spread the correct word! http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Piscivore
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  • 1 decade ago

    Easy.... Run any fruit or vegetable under running water for 30 seconds while gently rubbing it with your fingers so you don't bruise the fruit or veggie, then dry with a soft towel. This has been proven by the FDA to remove a total of 80% of surface pesticides. The veggie washes and home remedies have never been proven to remove any more pesticides than plain water. The rubbing is the essential part though, running it under water without rubbing it with your fingers or just soaking it only removes about 50% of surface pesticides. The FDA just released this a couple of weeks ago, try the website to read the official report.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Plain water if I'm going to cook it or peel it. I use the dish soap if I'm going to eat it raw though, just to be on the safe side. It's already there on the counter and it's organic soap and cheaper than buying vegetable wash, so why not?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    tap water

    we have been doing it for a VERY long time

    if no tap any fast running stream you normally drink from.

    use a brush on the root crops.

    remember bugs (any) on the out side really get cooked fast

    as for the new vegetable sprays They are NEW

    I been eating the same food 67 years no fancy cprat to clean.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Use baking soda and water. Also- use a vegetable brush to wash fruits, or veggies with tougher skins.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I just use running water but there are some products on the market that can be used for cleaning fruits/veges.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Water.

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  • KathyS
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Well...I peel cucumbers and oranges and dont eat lemon rind so I dont really wash them. As for other stuff....I just rinse it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    jsut use water.

    and scrub them really well

    and add a dab of soap now and them.

    but rinse them very well afterwards.

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  • willa
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    try to stick with organics, but if not many companies are coming out with fruit and veggie washes....

    Veggie Wash

    http://www.veggie-wash.com/

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