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).

47 comments

Tania N.
Tania N6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen11 months ago

Thank you

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Veronica Danie
.about a year ago

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sandy Gardnerabout a year ago

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Veronica Danie
.about a year ago

Thanks!

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Tanya W.
Tanya W1 years ago

I find running water effective 🍅💧

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Tanya W.
Tanya W1 years ago

Thanks

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi D1 years ago

Wow! That's easy.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

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Lori R.
Lori R2 years ago

Quite helpful. Thanks!

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