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How to Clean Your Vegetables

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.

Read more: Food, Green Kitchen Tips

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).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:23PM PST on Feb 21, 2015

Quite helpful. Thanks!

4:45AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Sustain the freshness

10:27AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014


7:26PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Yes, I also have been using white vinegar to clean produce - or when I feel careless, use a few drops of dish-soap before rinsing over and over again. ..... I'm still alive,,,,,

4:38AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

I will try this...thanks!

9:25PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Annie i had no idea! Now i do! Thank you.

12:10PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012


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7:15AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Thank you.

3:05AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Thanks for the wonderful ideas

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