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4 Ways to Properly Wash Fresh Vegetables

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4 Ways to Properly Wash Fresh Vegetables
A mother and daughter wash vegetables in the kitchen. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Properly wash fresh vegetables to ensure that pesticides, bacteria and germs won't find their way into your dinner. It is easy and does not take much time. Wash hands first with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds. Clean your sink first by mixing 1 tsp. of chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water. Wipe surfaces down with a paper towel. Dilute some dish soap with warm water and place unpeeled vegetables directly in the water. Use a produce scrub brush for vegetables with rough surfaces such as potatoes. For more delicate vegetables, use your hand to rub on the vegetable in some clean water. Create some agitation to loosen and remove dirt. Use a spray washer on spinach or other leafy greens and drain in a colander. Wash vegetables you intend to peel before and after you peel them. Openings or cuts in the skins can cause bacteria to enter the vegetable. After cleaning, rinse well in clean water.

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