How to Clean Your Vegetables

Food-borne illness derived from contaminated produce is the largest source of food poisoning.

Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, developed an effective disinfecting procedure using white vinegar (or cider vinegar) and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (the same as found at the drugstore). These ingredients are completely non-toxic and inexpensive and work not only on fruit and vegetables but can be used to sanitize counters and preparation surfaces, including wooden cutting boards, as well.

Here are the very simple directions for using these ingredients effectively:

After you put the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide into individual spray bottles:

1. Spray your produce or work surface thoroughly first with vinegar and then with hydrogen peroxide.

2. Then rinse the produce under running water or wipe the surface with a clean wet sponge.

Adapted from Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality & Long-Term Health, by Frank Lipman, M.D. (Jeremy Tarcher, Putnam, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Frank Lipman. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality & Long-Term Health, by Frank Lipman, M.D. (Jeremy Tarcher, Putnam, 2003).

45 comments

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie2 months ago

Thank you!

S Gardner
sandy Gardner2 months ago

tHANKS!

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie3 months ago

Thanks!

Tanya W.
Tanya W.5 months ago

I find running water effective 🍅💧

Tanya W.
Tanya W.5 months ago

Thanks

Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer5 months ago

Wow! That's easy.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen5 months ago

Thank you

Lori R.
Lori R.about a year ago

Quite helpful. Thanks!

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

Sustain the freshness

Sean Goldberg
Tonya lee2 years ago

Hmmmm