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#1 Old 01-06-2006, 06:41 AM
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I'm curious about others' methods.
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#2 Old 01-06-2006, 06:50 AM
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I usually don't. I wash potatoes because they have dirt on them.

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#3 Old 01-06-2006, 06:52 AM
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I wash mine using Grapefruit seed extract.



I believe its one of the main ingredients used in some vegetable washes sold in stores.





Also I have read that using a solution of vinegar and water works too.
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#4 Old 01-06-2006, 06:54 AM
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This was supposed to have a poll, but that darn 5 minute rule.



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1. I just rinse or soak them with water.

2. I use dish detergent.

3. I use a fruit and vegetable wash.

4. Wash? I like to keep my produce earthy.

5. Other
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I usually don't. I wash potatoes because they have dirt on them.



Do you buy mostly organic produce? Do you at least rinse them? For me, I think about who handles the stuff and whether it has rolled around on the floor or if an animal peed on it and I get the willies.
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1. I just rinse or soak them with water.

i'd probably use soap if i were going to be using the zest from conventional citrus.
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I don't use any products, but I give greens a good bath in the sink, scrub carrots and potatoes using a nail brush that is only used for that purpose, and rinse everything else. I peel carrots if they're not organic (not sure if this is rational, but that's what I do).



My husband washes/scrubs or peels things I'm going to eat to placate me, but for things I'm not eating he's like Michael -- he washes potatoes because they're dirty.
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#8 Old 01-06-2006, 05:37 PM
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I try to use use a vinegar and water solution, but sometimes, with some fruits like apples, I get lazy and I just give them a really good rinse.
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#9 Old 01-06-2006, 06:01 PM
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I just rinse with water, and depending what it is, scrub with a vegetable brush.
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#10 Old 01-06-2006, 06:06 PM
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I just give them a good rinse and scrub with water.
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#11 Old 01-06-2006, 06:14 PM
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I only use water. Not sure if this is healthy or not, it is just what I do.
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I use water, but I used to use this spray and I can not think of what it is called now.
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I use the permanent press cycle.
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#14 Old 01-06-2006, 07:25 PM
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I just rinse it with water and then wipe it off with a paper towel to get anything extra that I missed off.
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#15 Old 01-06-2006, 10:30 PM
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I scrub potatoes, carrots, onions, and other durable produce, but I usually just rinse and gently rub softer items like tomatoes and peaches.



I always always wash off oranges, kiwi, cantalopes, and other produce I'm not planning to eat the skin of. The germs or pesticides can get on your hands or knife, and then it's a quick jump to your mouth.

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I basically just use plain water to rinse or soak. If something has visible dirt on it, I will use a vegetable brush to help brush it off. I also have a very soft-bristled brush for helping to brush off the tops of mushrooms (rinse + brush).



Our EarthSave chapter had a diet professor and author, Martin Katahn, Ph.D., come to talk to use about food-borne illnesses. He had just done a series of news reports on local TV about unsanitary practices in the local restaurant industry.



He was basically for rinsing off food with water or soaking. He did not think that "veggie wash" preparations did much better than just plain water.



I do think, though, that if I were a raw foodist or if I ate a higher percentage of my diet raw, I would be more careful about washing foods and might try one of those special washes or make up my own by mixing a solution of vinegar or a solution of hydrogen peroxide.
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i use water and a soft brush that is solely for the purpose of cleaning my fruits and veggies.. then dry them with a paper towel, since a cloth one may be harboring germs :/
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#18 Old 01-07-2006, 10:28 AM
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Do you buy mostly organic produce? Do you at least rinse them? For me, I think about who handles the stuff and whether it has rolled around on the floor or if an animal peed on it and I get the willies.



That's how I feel too. I rinse all my fruits and veggies.
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Even organic produce can still have pesticide residues, although a recent study has confirmed they have less. Someone posted a link to that study here recently, but I can't remember what thread.
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i use water and a soft brush that is solely for the purpose of cleaning my fruits and veggies.. then dry them with a paper towel, since a cloth one may be harboring germs :/



I do the exact same thing Libellula.

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#21 Old 01-07-2006, 11:54 AM
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I just rinse them off quickly. If it's visibly dirty or looks like it has tons of pesticides, I just rub it off under water until it looks cleaner
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I rinse mine with water, but when I buy ym own fruit, I believe I might use a bowl of water and a little baking soda to make sure all of the shellac and dirt if off of them.



(and as for the pesticides, rinsing the fruit off has some effect, but more of the pesticides come off from DRYING the druit than washing it! when you dry the fruit you usually rub it and the pesticides trasnfer onto the paper towel. At least says my hort. teacher )
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#23 Old 01-07-2006, 01:31 PM
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brownie - that's what my 9th grade bio teacher said...



we also learned thta just rubbing your hands together under hot running water works just as well as washing with soap, if not better due to friction that the soap reduces
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#24 Old 01-07-2006, 02:01 PM
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I wash them if I don't peel them
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#25 Old 01-07-2006, 03:12 PM
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Rinse with water.
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#26 Old 01-09-2006, 07:01 AM
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I don't usually bother if they don't look dirty, but otherwise I'll just rinse with water and rub any dirt off.
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#27 Old 01-09-2006, 10:18 AM
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Usually, just plain running water.
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