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I keep hearing “Wash your veggies, wash your veggies” before I prepare a meal. Is rinsing them enough? Or what kind of soap is safe to use?

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Q: I keep hearing “Wash your veggies, wash your veggies” before I prepare a meal. Is rinsing them enough? Or what kind of soap is safe to use?

Vegetables in a sink.Ryan says....
Briskly rubbing fruit and veggies with your hands under cold tap water is effective in removing most dirt and surface micro-organisms. Never use detergents or bleach, as produce is porous and will absorb the chemicals. You can buy all-natural, veggie-wash sprays in most major grocery stores. The sprays remove wax, soil, chemicals and pesticides, but nothing is 100-percent guaranteed. Make friends with local farmers who have good, sustainable practices and buy directly from them when you can. You should also prepare produce on a separate surface than the cutting board you use for raw meat. And remember, if something looks bad, it probably is, so don’t put it in your mouth!

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