The safest way to clean your Fruits and Vegetables during and after Covid-19

Some of the most googled questions about vegetables during the pandemic have been [1]:

how to clean fruits and vegetables

can you clean fruits and vegetables with soap

can you clean vegetables with vinegar

can you clean vegetables with bleach or chemical

can you clean vegetables with sanitizer

can you clean vegetables with baking soda

can you clean vegetables with hydrogen peroxide

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The fruits and vegetables that end up in our kitchens go through a long process from the farmer to the distributor to the vendor and retailer. During this process, these fruits and vegetables go through many health hazards such as pesticides, chemicals, waxes, additives, colours, dirt, bacteria, and off-late, viruses. 

We wash and sanitize our hands and clothes with the best of soaps and detergents, but when it comes to fruits and vegetables (that we directly or indirectly consume), most of us are confused about what to do.

Being a Chemical Engineer from New York, I will try to explain the science behind these harmful ingredients in brief. And through this blog, I will try to answer some of these most googled questions and explain the best way to clean fruits, vegetables, poultry, and even bottles! If synthetic detergents are not thoroughly washed off bottles, their residue can be extremely harmful especially for babies.  

First things first, we can never use alcohol-based sanitizers, hydrogen peroxide, benzalkonium chloride (QAC), sodium hypochlorite, chlorine tablets, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, and bleach for the cleaning of fruits and vegetables at all. These pose lethal health risks even at a dosage of 800ppm. (that is less than 1 gram in 1 Litre diluted!) Even if the slightest of residue is left on the fruits, it can be dangerous. [2]

Washing the produce with just water, salt water, baking soda, is simply not enough. They do not kill the microorganisms and do not remove any pesticide residues, chemicals, or waxes.

During the COVID lockdown, I personally tried some products but to my surprise, they were all filled with harmful chemicals or had 99.5% water with preservatives in them. I conducted an analysis in my lab and was shocked with the results of all the products available in the market. While some of them were simply ruled out based on their toxic ingredients, some had precipitated due to the presence of soaps. During a simple evaporation test, 6 out of 8 products showed a water content of 99.2%+.

After all the tests conducted, I can conclude that the best and safest way to clean the fruits and vegetables is through a mild organic surfactant that is derived from plant origins such as sugar derived ingredients and food-grade Ayurveda extracts. These are not only safe after rinsing, but they also remove dirt, germs, and bacteria effectively. Slash Veggie Wash is the only product that is 100% effective and safe. 

Some other ingredients to watch out for are Neem Oil, Chlorhexidine Gluconate, and Vinegar(Acetic Acid). These pose serious health risks as well as some manufacturers are just adding them without prior testing. 

Neem oil has widespread use in the Indian subcontinent due to its many bioactive properties. Azadirachtin, an active ingredient, is implicated in causing the effects seen in neem oil poisoning [3]. Chlorhexidine Gluconate can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening [4]. The use of vinegar has been shown to be harmful to the liver and to the kidneys. Vinegar is also an irritant to the central nervous system if slightest of residue is left [5].

I did so much research on vegetable washing because my family and I got COVID from a vegetable vendor in our area. I soon realized that no one was washing the produce effectively making it a source of diseases. Hence, washing fruits, vegetables, poultry that we consume with an organic veggie wash is the foremost thing to do for a healthy life. 

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Works Cited:

[1] “'Cleaning Vegetables' EN Visual Keyword Research & Content Ideas.” AnswerThePublic, Google Search Keyword Tool, answerthepublic.com/reports/15ef38be-fb1c-423d-851e-52834d9e78e0.

[2] “CHEMICAL FACT SHEET.” Chemical Fact Sheet for (014703) and (014701), pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/miscpesticides/methylchloride-xanthangum/hypochlorite/hypochl_prf_0286.html.

[3] Mishra, Ajay, and Nikhil Dave. “Neem Oil Poisoning: Case Report of an Adult with Toxic Encephalopathy.” Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine : Peer-Reviewed, Official Publication of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, Govt. of India, Sept. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841499/.

[4] “Chlorhexidine Gluconate (Oral Rinse).” Cigna, www.cigna.com/individuals-families/health-wellness/hw/medications/chlorhexidine-gluconate-d01231a1.

[5] Royston, et al. “How Vinegar Can Damage Your Health.” JennifersKitchen, Dr. Jennifer, jenniferskitchen.com/health-information/how-vinegar-can-damage-your-health.

 

2 comments

  • This is extremely insightful!

    Shuchi
  • Slash is such an amazing product! My vegetables look squeaky clean! I have the satisfaction of saving my family from harmful colours and virus.

    Tanvi Goyal

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