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Are You Cleaning Your Fruits and Vegetables Correctly?

Don’t we all love our fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables? A daily constant in our meals, how often do you clean the fruits and vegetables you eat a day? Did it ever occur to you that there may have been many more hands touching your fruits before it reaches you?

With 1 July being International Fruit Day, we’ve gathered some pointers from Cleaning expert from Helpling, Roxanna Pelka  so that we can all enjoy our common produce in a clean way. As simple as it sounds, the trick is to wash your fruits and vegetables with cold water. After only 15 seconds of washing, the cold water can reduce up to 98% of the bacteria. Keep it simple: Don’t wash the fruit for too long, otherwise you will damage the natural protective layer around the products and lose important vitamins. Make sure that you wash your fruits and veggies right before consuming them. This is because bacteria loves to multiply in damp surrounding.

Still have doubts on how to wash specific fruits or vegetables? We listed the most common produce and the techniques to clean them:

  1. Apples and pears: Small, but loaded with vitamins: Apples and pears are undoubtedly a favourite among Singaporeans! Did you know, that most vitamins of these fruits are embedded in the skin? Instead of peeling the fruit, wash it thoroughly, making sure that you are taking in the recommended daily dose of vitamins – and stay really healthy!
  2. Berries and grapes: Soft fruits such as these produce should be washed carefully by soaking them in water instead of washing them under running water. Let the fruit dry on a paper towel after.
  3. Melon, mango, avocado: Even if you don’t eat the skin of some fruits and vegetables, the germs and pesticides can reach the fruit pulp while peeling and cutting them through the blade or our hands. Rinse the skin with warm water before preparing your next fruit salad. Another trick to disinfect them: In a spray bottle, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and one of lemon juice with one cup of water. Spray the mixture on the skin of melon or similar fruits and let them soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse the fruits under water and they are ready to be peeled off.
  4. Potatoes, carrots, squash: Brush away the dirt on vegetables with a vegetable brush. After doing so, wash the products, peel them and then wash again – it is always best to be extra careful with fruits and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list!
  5. Salad: Should you wash salads that are labelled “washed and ready to eat”? Yes! pre-washed salads are often full of yeasts and mildew, which can cause gastrointestinal discomfort. Let the lettuce soak in cold water, so that minerals won’t be washed away. Then dry the leaves in a salad spinner. Extra tip: Acidic salad dressings can have disinfectant effects! In addition to prior washing, the oil and vinegar salad dressing mixture will reduce the bacterial count on your salad to less than 1 percent!

What are some other tips you have for cleaning your fruits and vegetables right? Leave us a comment down below.