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Fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens can harbor pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and L. monocytogenes (i.e. Listeria) that can cause food poisoning, as well as have pesticide residue on their surfaces.

Fruits and veggie “washes” such as Fit Organic Spray Produce Wash, Rebel Greens Fruit and Veggie Clean, and Veggie Wash (Fruit & Vegetable Wash) are often promoted as a safe and effective way to remove bacteria and pesticides, and in some cases, are touted as being more effective than rinsing with water alone.

However, studies to back these claims do not appear to be available on the companies’ websites, and the FDA advises consumers not to use commercial produce wash, and states that “the safety of the residues of commercial produce washes has not been tested.”

Sign in as a member for details about studies comparing produce washes (as well as vinegar and baking soda) to rinsing with water for the removal of pesticides and bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and Listeria, which can cause food poisoning, as well as our tips for cleaning fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms. In addition, find out which non-organic produce is more likely to be contaminated with pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides), even after rinsing, and learn if ethylene absorbers such as Bluapple Classic Produce Saver or OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Standing Crisper Drawer Insert extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Also find out if you need to remove the Edipeel coating applied to some fruits and vegetables, find out if such coating "traps" pesticides or bacteria, and learn how you can identify fruits and vegetables coated with Edipeel.

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