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).

48 comments

Aaron W
Aaron Wellington2 months ago

NO! thats incorrect! mixing vinegar (or another acidic catalyst) will create a bleaching agent called peracetic acid.

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Tania N.
Tania N2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Veronica Danie
.2 years ago

Thank you!

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S Gardner
sandy Gardner2 years ago

tHANKS!

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Veronica Danie
.3 years ago

Thanks!

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Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago

I find running water effective 🍅💧

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Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago

Thanks

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer3 years ago

Wow! That's easy.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

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