Vegetable wash

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A vegetable wash is a cleaning product designed to aid in the removal process of dirt, wax and pesticides from fruit and vegetables before they are consumed.

Contents and use[edit]

All fresh produce, even organic, can harbor residual pesticides, dirt or harmful microorganisms on the surface. Vegetable washes may either be a number specially-marketed commercial brands,[1] or they may be home recipes.[2] Commercial vegetable washes generally contain surfactants, along with chelating agents, antioxidants, and other agents.[2] Home recipes are generally dilutions of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar, the former of which may be dangerous at high concentrations.[1]


Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor the United States Department of Agriculture recommend washing fruits and vegetables in anything other than cold water.[2][3] To date there is little evidence that vegetable washes are effective at reducing the presence of harmful microorganisms, though their application in removing simple dirt and wax is not contested.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gerald M. Sapers; Ethan B. Solomon; Karl R. Matthews (28 May 2009). The Produce Contamination Problem: Causes and Solutions. Academic Press. pp. 405–406. ISBN 978-0-12-374186-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Gerald M. Sapers; James R. Gorny; Ahmed Elmeleigy Yousef (29 August 2005). Microbiology Of Fruits And Vegetables. CRC Press. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-8493-2261-7. 
  3. ^ Zander, A. "Washing Fruits and Vegetables." Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Boulder County. June 30, 2000.