Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

When it comes to enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, cleanliness is essential.

Store-bought produce often carries traces of pesticides, dirt, and other contaminants that we should remove before consumption. While some commercial produce washes contain chemicals, a safer and equally effective alternative is to use EarthSential’s fruit and vegetable cleaner.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of cleaning fruits and vegetables with EarthSential’s fruit and vegetable cleaner, providing tips and examples of common chemicals to watch out for. Additionally, we’ll explore the benefits of using natural cleaners like EarthSential’s solution for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing exposure to harmful substances.

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Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

Steps for Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables:

Gather Your Supplies: You’ll need a bowl, a colander, EarthSential’s Fruit and Vegetable wash, water, and a soft brush or cloth.

Spray Your Produce: Spray your fruits and vegetables with EarthSential Fruit and Vegetable wash. Let them soak for 5-15 minutes. This will help loosen dirt, pesticides, and some contaminants.

Scrub Gently: For produce with thicker skins (e.g., potatoes, cucumbers), use a soft brush or cloth to scrub away dirt and residue. For delicate items like berries, use your fingers to gently rub them.

Rinse Thoroughly: After spraying and scrubbing, rinse your produce under cold, running water. Ensure all traces of the fruit and vegetable wash and contaminants are washed away.

Dry with a Clean Cloth or Paper Towel: Pat your fruits and vegetables dry with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove any remaining residue.

Examples of Contaminants and Chemicals on Produce:

Pesticides: These chemicals are used to protect crops from insects and diseases. Common pesticides include organophosphates and neonicotinoids.

Waxes: Some fruits, like apples and cucumbers, are coated with edible waxes to enhance their appearance and shelf life. These waxes can trap dirt and contaminants.

Dirt and Soil: Produce can carry soil, which may contain harmful microorganisms or pesticides that have settled on the surface.

Residue from Handling: Human hands and equipment used during harvesting and packaging can leave behind residues.

Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

Additional Tips:

    • Always wash your hands before handling produce to prevent transferring contaminants.
    • For leafy greens and herbs, separate the leaves and rinse them thoroughly to remove dirt and pests.
    • Use a separate cutting board and knife for cutting produce to prevent cross-contamination.
    • Store your cleaned produce in a clean container or in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

    By following these steps and using baking soda as a natural cleaning agent, you can enjoy your fruits and vegetables with confidence, knowing that you’ve effectively removed pesticides, dirt, and contaminants, all while avoiding the use of harsh chemicals. Your health and safety deserve nothing less.


    As someone who is passionate about maintaining a clean and safe kitchen environment, I can’t say enough good things about EarthSential. This all-natural, hypoallergenic cleaner has become an absolute staple in my culinary sanctuary.

    One of the biggest draws for me is its safety. EarthSential checks all the boxes when it comes to being non-toxic and free from harmful chemicals. Knowing that I’m using a product that won’t leave any residue or potentially hazardous substances on my kitchen surfaces gives me peace of mind like no other.

    Cleaning up after cooking can be a chore, but EarthSential makes it a breeze. It effortlessly tackles grease, spills, and stains, leaving my countertops and appliances spotless. Plus, its pleasant, subtle scent is a refreshing departure from the overpowering odors of some other cleaning products.

    What truly sets EarthSential apart is its versatility. I can confidently use it on everything from countertops and sinks to cutting boards and food prep areas. The fact that it’s safe for both food contact surfaces and my family’s health makes it a top-tier choice for me.

    — Jenna

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    Fruit and Veggie Wash

    Truly clean eating 

    Specially crafted to remove unwanted residues, wax, and agricultural chemicals, this wash is your partner in embracing a healthier lifestyle. Our gentle yet effective formula dissolves these hidden contaminants, ensuring your family enjoys fruits and vegetables that are not just visually clean but also untainted and naturally safe. 

    Size: 32oz   

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