You can’t have a balanced diet without plenty of fruits and veggies, and who doesn’t love biting into a crisp apple or a big stalk of celery? But did you wash it first? Or did you just rub it on your shirt? Be honest.
At the risk of sounding like a nagging parent, you really should be washing your fresh fruits and veggies before digging in, especially if you don’t plan on cooking them. Per the CDC, raw produce can carry nasty germs that cause food poisoning (they do come from the dirt, after all), and you never know who squeezed that tomato before you added it to your cart.
But what’s the best way to wash fruits and vegetables? Is a quick rinse enough, or should you use soap too? We’re glad you asked. Here’s how to wash produce so you can eat your fruits and vegetables without getting sick…and nope, it’s not with soap (but read on).