Should I Use Soap or Other Cleaners to Wash Produce?
Should we use soap or extra cleaners to wash our fruits and vegetables? According to UF/IFAS Extension, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the answer is no.
Soap and other detergents aren’t designed for us to eat and aren’t approved or labeled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use on foods. It is found that the best way to reduce bacteria is to rinse the produce under cool running water.
Here is the best method:
- Wash the produce under cold running water to remove any lingering dirt and to reduce any bacteria that might be present.
- If there is a firm surface, such as on a melon or potatoes, the surface can be scrubbed with a brush.
We can save the soap for washing our hands!