Washing your veggies and fruit before you eat them; it really is important!

I am sure you have all heard that you should wash your veggies and fruits before you eat them. Of course it sounds like a good idea, but sometimes people get lazy or simply forget to do it.

Let’s really think though…

How many times have you gone to the grocery store and touched an apple to see how firm it was or picked up a head of lettuce to examine it? I do this all the time, and a lot of the time I put whatever I touched back because it is not what I was looking for. This means that the fruit and veggies you are buying have been touched by who knows how many people. On top of that, one can only imagine the germs that were on each of those person’s hands.

Another thing to consider is that your fruits and veggies sit on display sometimes all day long, uncovered in the open at the grocery store. Dust is constantly flying around and resting wherever. We see our shelves at home collect dust, which is exactly what is happening to our fruits and veggies at the grocery store. You wouldn’t go a lick your dusty shelf right? Yuck!

Both of the reasons apply to organic and non-organic produce (and I highly support buying organic produce!). But if you choose not to buy organic, it is crucial you try and wash off as many pesticides as you can!

Yet not all veggies and fruits have an outer layer that is edible, in which case you wouldn’t need to wash them; such as watermelon, bananas, etc. This is fine but it can’t hurt to form a healthy habit whenever possible!

By | 2017-12-19T18:02:53+00:00 July 28th, 2013|Health & Lifestyle|3 Comments

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I’ve been living around the world for several years now. I’ve already experienced the oriental lifestyle of China, vibrant culture of Barcelona, shabby to chic of Paris, Confucian ways of the Korea peninsula (South, not North of course) and now the easy-going vibe of Los Angeles. I’m an advocate of the minimalist lifestyle because I love being able to pack up my things and go in a moment’s notice. I’ve found a great work, life, and spiritual balance that’s ideal for me.


  1. Tara November 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    What exactly do you recommend washing them with specifically? And/or what do you use?

    • kirstiep November 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      I just use water to wash them 🙂

  2. Marta March 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve soaked my veggies and fruits in water with some vinegar and then rinse.

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