Many of us have heard of the dirty dozen and the clean 15 list of fruits and vegetables. Have you ever wondered why they are called that?
Here is a little more information on the dirty dozen and clean 15:
The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should do your best to go organic.
Fruits and vegetables on the “Clean 15” list contain little or no trace of pesticides. Therefore you can eat them without having to worry about buying organic. I would still suggest buying organic if possible.
I realize vegetables are expensive and we all must decide what our budget is. I suggest washing your fruits and vegetables with a mixture of water and vinegar. I do this weather they are organic or not. (I don’t want to ingest whatever was on someone else’s hands!)
Here is what I do to make a was for my dirty dozen and clean 15:
For hard skinned fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, potatoes, etc)
1. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water.
2. Then, spray the solution onto your fruits and vegetables; rub it in; and rinse.
For Soft-skinned Fruits and Vegetables (berries, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.)
1. Fill a bowl with equal parts white vinegar and water.
2. Then, soak your fruits and vegetables in the solution for a minute or two, and rinse.
The acid in the vinegar kills the bacteria, softens any wax on the food and cleans off any residue left on the fruit or vegetables.