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How to properly wash fruits and vegetables

When I was a little girl, each summer my mom and I would spend a day picking strawberries at a local farm. I’m pretty sure I ate as many as I picked, at least for the first hour. They were straight off the plant, sweet as can be, and yes, unwashed.

Fast-forward about 25 years and you’ll find me in a panic when I realized my husband had accidentally given our daughter a bowl of blueberries he thought had been washed, but had not.

No one got sick in either situation, but it’s safe to say, I take washing fruits and vegetables a little more seriously these days.

The fact is, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46 percent of foodborne illnesses are linked to fruits and vegetables. Washing produce thoroughly really is critical.

“Food grows outside, our produce grows outside, birds fly by, animals live in the field and it can become contaminated,” said Anna Schmitt-Reichert, a food safety expert from NSF International, a public health and safety organization headquartered in Ann Arbor.

NSF International has studied where germs hide in our homes.

“We actually went into consumer’s households, and we swabbed the inside of that vegetable drawer,” said Schmitt-Reichert. “What we found in there was very surprising. We found salmonella, we found E. coli, we found Listeria. So that indicated, that’s from the raw fruits and vegetables.”

Tip sheet: Properly washing fruits and vegetables

So what’s the best way to get those germs off? According to Schmitt-Reichert, you don’t need to buy a pricey vegetable wash.

“Vegetable washes, we don’t recommend them. Just using cold, running water is fine to wash your fruits and vegetables with,” she said.

What is important is abrasion or friction. Basically, you need to scrub your produce as much as it can withstand.

For spinach and other leafy greens, that means washing each leaf individually. Schmitt-Reichert admits, it’s time-consuming.

“It is a pain, but they’re really good vegetables and they’re worth it.”

Schmitt-Reichert then lets the washed spinach sit in water for a couple minutes, rinses them again, then takes the leaves out of the bowl and puts them into a salad spinner. She lets them air dry on paper towels for about an hour.

For berries, Schmitt-Reichert uses a colander.

“Regular running water on it, just kind of have ’em roll around in there or you could actually use a sprayer which I think might make it easier,” said Schmitt-Reichert.

Again, she rubs each berry individually.

Produce with soft skins, like peaches or apples, can be washed under running water with light friction and patted dry.

Turns out the biggest mistake people make is not washing the rind or peel of thick-skinned produce like bananas or melons.

“You can still get that bacteria on your hands and then on the fruit and then when you’re slicing through that, the knife actually takes the bacteria right through there,” said Schmitt-Reichert. ” If the outside is dirty, that dirt is going to go right into the fruit of the cantaloupe itself, and so, you’re gonna get whatever that dirt is carrying. It could be E. coli, it could be just plain old dirt, but it doesn’t taste very good either.”

To wash melons properly, Schmitt-Reichert recommends using a scrub brush and running water.

“Wash under cold water and just use the brush on it. Give it a good scrub.”

Schmitt-Reichert said the only thing you don’t need to wash is prewashed bagged produce. They’ve found most people who wash it actually end up contaminating it themselves.

As for everything else — “Our recommendation is to wash the produce,” said Schmitt-Reichert.

It may take some fun out of swiping a snack from the garden or yes, berry-picking, but it will reduce your family’s risk of getting sick. Now if I can just convince the strawberry farm to install some sinks.

First off, prevention is better than the cure! When eating a peach you should always have a napkin to hand to catch the drips. The pigment in the juice is a powerful staining agent and hard to remove unless it’s dealt with immediately. However, it is water-based and if you act quickly, you should be able to get it out.

General directions Gently blot up as much of the stain as possible using white paper towels or a clean, white, lint-free cloth. Dab, rather than rub, at the stain. Follow the directions below for specific fabrics.

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Washable fabrics After blotting, rinse the stain under plenty of cold running water until no more colour is removed. Work a small amount of liquid detergent into any remaining stained area and leave to stand for five minutes or so. For cotton, immediately follow with a 40°C machine-wash, using biological detergent. For silk and wool, follow with a 30°C machine-wash on the delicates cycle. Allow the item to dry naturally. If any traces of the stain remain, try soaking the item in an oxygen-based bleach. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always test for colourfastness first.

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No matter where you buy your produce or how it is grown, all fruits and vegetables should be washed before you eat them. Get our best tips for all your fruits & veggies.

How to Wash Fresh Produce

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All fresh produce needs to be washed before you eat it, no matter where you got it from or how you’re planning on preparing it. Washing fruits and vegetables may help to remove any pesticides or herbicides on the surface of the food, but the bigger deal is bacteria.

Fruits and vegetables can be contaminated with bacteria anywhere along the lines. It could happen in the field where they are being grown, while they are being picked, while they are being transported to your store, in the store, or even at home in your own kitchen. The most likely place to be contaminated is in the store waiting to be bought. How many times have you picked up two or three apples before you found the one that you wanted to buy? You know that you washed your hands before you went to the grocery store, but what about that person who is coughing? Or that toddler who just sneezed on the lettuce display? No one does it on purpose, but the chance for bacterial contamination of food is real.

So we need to take some precautions at home! The easiest one is to simply wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them.

If It’s Organic or Local

Yes, even organic or local fruits and vegetables need to be washed. Remember, we’re not really talking about washing off any chemicals that might be on the food (although organic and local farmers can use some pesticides and herbicides). The big deal here is any bacteria that might have gotten on the food anywhere along the lines.

When and How to Wash

Washing produce shouldn’t be a big, time-consuming project. For most fruits and vegetables, all they need is a gentle rinse under cool running water. Once they are cleaned, fruits and vegetables should be dried before you use them. This helps to remove even more bacteria that might be present on the surface. Simply use paper towels or a clean cloth to pat them dry.

You do not need to use produce washes, vinegar, or bleach to wash fresh fruits and vegetables. A study by the University of Maine found that simply washing with cool water was just as effective (and sometimes more effective) at removing bacteria from fruits than “veggie washes.” Some fruits and vegetables could absorb the chemicals in a produce wash, or they may not be completely rinsed off. Since these washes have not been tested for safety, the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend using produce washes.

Do not use soaps or detergents to wash fruits and vegetables. These types of cleaners are not labeled for use on food. If they are not rinsed off completely, you could eat residue from the soap or detergent.

Wait until you are ready to use your fruits or vegetables before you wash them. Any moisture that is left after you dry them (because, let’s face it, you’re not going to wipe every single grape dry) can cause more bacteria to grow. That is the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve with washing them, and it can cause your produce to spoil faster in the refrigerator.

If you are getting ready to pack a cooler for a long weekend (or even just a day) away, or you’ll be heading to a cookout or other outdoor party, you should wash your fruits and vegetables before you go. You never know what type of facilities you’ll have when you get there. And you certainly don’t want to keep your family from eating the fresh apples because you didn’t wash them before you left!

So here are your basic rules for washing fresh fruits and vegetables:

  1. Store fruits and vegetables in their original package, in vented plastic bags, or in vented containers until you are ready to use them.
  2. Right before you are ready to use them, rinse fruits and vegetables under cool running water.
  3. Pat dry with paper towels (Viva paper towels are my absolute favorite) or a clean cloth.
  4. Enjoy.

Really, it’s that simple!

There are a few fruits or vegetables that need a little special attention. Keep on reading to find out more.

If You’ll Eat the Outside

Any fruit or vegetable that you’re planning to eat the outside should be washed. This is the group that most people are already aware of, and you probably already do this, at least most of the time. Get in the habit of washing every fruit or vegetable before you eat it!

Apples, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums

If you’ll eat the skin of any fruit, give it a quick shower under cool running water first. Gently rub the surface with your fingers, pat it dry with a clean towel or paper towels, and you’re done! Really, that’s all you need to do!

Asparagus

Rinse intact asparagus spears under running water. Snap off the bottom 1-3 inches of the asparagus spear (they should break easily), and you’re ready to cook them. Find more details about preparing asparagus here.

Bell Peppers

Give peppers a rinse under cool running water. Pay attention to the crevices in the peppers, these are great places for bacteria to hide.

Broccoli

Broccoli can be hard. The florets are packed so tightly that water often just seems to run off the surface of the vegetable without actually doing much. Rinse the broccoli head under running water, then chop it (florets, spears, however you plan to cook it). Soak the chopped broccoli into a bowl of clean water for a few minutes to get everything as clean as you can then rinse it off and pat dry.

Celery

Celery grows right at ground level, and it grows in layers. This means that there can be dirt trapped inside the layers of celery. Make sure that every celery stalk gets rinsed under running water, paying special attention to the bottom of each stalk.

Grapes

Rinse bunches of grapes under running water. When you’re done, simply wrap them loosely in paper towels or a clean cloth and pat dry. You can also use a salad spinner to dry them.

Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, and Blackberries

You can place strawberries (or any kind of berry) in a colander and run cool water over them. You can also dunk strawberries in a bowl of cool water. When you’re done, lay them out on paper towels or a clean cloth to pat dry. Salad spinners are also great ways to dry off berries. Just be sure to use the berry insert (if your spinner has one), a smaller spinner, or to spin at a lower speed. Too much spinning force can damage the fruit. Get more details on strawberries and blackberries.

Tomatoes

Smaller tomatoes like grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes can be rinsed in a colander or in a bowl of clean water. Larger tomatoes should be rinsed under cool running water.

If You’ll Peel It

Many people don’t think about this, but you should still wash your fruits and vegetables, even if you are planning on peeling them! If there are bacteria on the surface of a fruit, the bacteria can be dragged inside the fruit when you cut into it. Then the bacteria have contaminated the part of the fruit or vegetable that you will eat! Washing fruits and vegetables before you eat them helps to reduce this risk.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe can be tough to clean because the skin has lots of nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide. Rinse the melon under cool running water, and give the entire surface a gentle scrub with a vegetable brush.

Melons with smooth skins (like watermelon and honeydew) still need to be rinsed, but do not need to be scrubbed.

Citrus Fruits

Any citrus fruits (grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges, and their cousins) should be rinsed under running water before you peel them. If you are planning on using the peel in a dish, this is an important step! Get the scoop on cutting grapefruit here.

Cucumber

Some people like their cucumber peeled, some people do not. Whichever camp you fall into, be sure to give the cucumber a rinse before you slice it.

Pineapple

Pineapples, like cantaloupes, can be tough to clean. Just look at all those nooks and crannies! Rinse the pineapple under running water, and gently scrub the surface with a vegetable brush.

If It Grew In the Ground

Vegetables that grow in the ground need just a little extra TLC. They have already been cleaned once before they made it to your store, but they need some extra scrubbing at home before you cook them.

Carrots

Carrots are pretty well cleaned before they get to the grocery store. Rinse them under cool running water, and give a gentle scrub with a vegetable brush.

Onions

Onions are also pretty clean before you get them. Peel off the outer papery layer and rinse the onion under running water. Pay special attention to the root hairs, because dirt can get trapped there. Get more info on onions – including how to chop them fast without crying – here.

Potatoes

Most of the dirt has been cleaned off potatoes before they get to you, but you should still give them a little extra scrub. Rinse them under cool running water, and gently scrub with a vegetable brush.

If It’s “Pre-Washed”

Pre-washed, ready-to-eat produce is your only exception to the “wash everything before you eat it” rule. Look for the words “pre-washed” or “ready to eat” on the label (look in the upper right corner of the bag of carrots). These labels mean that you can just open the bag and start eating. In fact, if you do rinse these fruits or vegetables before you eat them, you run the risk of contaminating them with bacteria from your kitchen.

Washing fruits and vegetables is a very easy step to practicing good food safety. And the best part is that it only takes a minute! Get in the habit of washing every fruit and vegetable before you eat it. You’ll be showing your family good habits, and you’ll be keeping them safe at the same time.

Do you have any questions? Any fruit or vegetable I haven’t covered that you’d like to see? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll add new pictures and recommendations to the post!

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How to get Fruit Juice Stains out of Carpet

COIT’s guide to Removing Fruit Juice Stains from Carpet

With the hustle and bustle of life on the go, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a few accidents on your carpet from time to time. No matter how careful you or your loved ones may be, one of these stains just may end up being fruit juice.

But like they say, there’s no use crying over spilt milk – or fruit juice – right? With Coit’s guide to removing juice stains from carpet, you’ll have a few do-it-yourself stain removal methods to turn to when unexpected spills cross your path.

Read on to learn more about these quick and easy solutions for apple juice stains, orange juice stains and more.

How to Get Juice Stains Out of Carpet – Method # 1

When it comes to removing juice stains from carpet, you want to act as quickly as possible before the stain sets in.

  1. Blot the fruit stain with a paper towel, blotting away as much of the liquid as possible. You can also use a clean cloth.
  2. Spray lukewarm water directly onto the stain. Make sure it’s lukewarm, not hot.
  3. Blot the stain again using paper towels, or a clean white cloth. You want to avoid using a circular motion when you’re wondering how to get juice stains out of carpet; the best way to blot the stain is by applying pressure to the stain and removing the paper towel or cloth, repeatedly.
  4. If the juice stain is still visible, mix ¼ teaspoon of carpet shampoo with one liter of warm water in a bucket. Stir the solution.
  5. Apply the solution directly to the stain. Blot the stain with the towel repeatedly.
  6. Rinse the juice stain with warm water. Place a clean, dry towel over the stain and place a heavy object over the towel to hold it in place. This will help apply continuous pressure to the affected area when you’re wondering how to remove juice stains from carpet.
  7. Wait a few hours before removing the towels and object. Eventually, the stain should no longer be visible.

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How to Get Juice Stains Out of Carpet – Method # 2

Removing juice stains from carpet can also be achieved using this do-it-yourself method:

  1. Using a paper towel or clean cloth, blot up as much of the stain as possible, as mentioned above.
  2. Take a neutral dishwasher detergent and mix it with a cup of warm water. Apply this onto the fruit juice stain and blot.
  3. Mix 2/3 cup of water with ½ cup of white household vinegar. Pour this solution into a spray bottle, and apply directly to the stain.
  4. Repeat step 2 using the dishwasher detergent.
  5. Clean the affected area using tap water and a damp paper towel. Apply dry towels to the area and place a heavy object on top of the towel for a few hours.
  6. If the fruit juice stain is still visible after a few hours, moisten the stained area with a bit of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let this sit for one hour. Repeat until stain is removed.
  7. Apply more paper towels, and then weigh them down with a heavy object.

These at-home stain removal methods should solve your problem of how to remove juice stains from carpet. If your carpet requires more in depth cleaning, consider exploring Coit Carpet Cleaning Services. Don’t forget to checkout our coupons!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.