The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are pivotal for a healthy diet, offering essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Yet, they can also harbor contaminants like dirt, bacteria, and chemical residues. Ensuring the safety of your produce through proper washing is crucial. This guide explores various methods and best practices for cleaning different types of fruits and vegetables and introduces SolutionsHOCL® Produce Cleaning Solution, designed to enhance your produce washing routine in an eco-friendly way.

Contaminants on Fruits and Vegetables

Contaminants on Fruits and Vegetables

Produce can be exposed to various contaminants at multiple stages, including growing, harvesting, and transportation:

  • Dirt and Soil Residue: Often present from the fields.
  • Microbial Contaminants: Including bacteria, viruses, and fungi from soil, water, and handling processes. Common types include E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria.
  • Wax and Surface Treatments: Applied to enhance appearance and shelf life.
  • Chemical Residues: From fertilizers, herbicides, and other chemicals used in farming.
  • Handling and Transport Contaminants: From various surfaces and hands during processing.
How to Properly Wash Fruits and Vegetables

How to Properly Wash Fruits and Vegetables

  • Start with Clean Hands: Ensure your hands are washed with soap and water before handling produce.
  • Use Running Water: Rinse under cold running water to remove surface dirt and residues.
  • Avoid Soap or Detergents: These can leave harmful residues on your produce.
  • Use a Brush: Scrub firm produce like potatoes and carrots with a clean produce brush.
  • Dry with a Clean Towel: Pat dry to remove any lingering contaminants.

Specific Tips for Different Types of Produce

  • Leafy Greens: Remove outer leaves, soak, swish in cold water, then rinse under running water.
  • Root Vegetables: Scrub with a brush under running water.
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower: Soak, swish in cold water, then rinse.
  • Tomatoes and Peppers: Rinse under running water and gently rub with your hands.


  • Berries: Rinse gently in a colander under cold running water, handle delicately.
  • Grapes and Cherries: Rinse in a colander under running water, agitate to wash all surfaces.
  • Tree Fruits: Rinse and rub gently under running water.
  • Citrus Fruits: Rinse and scrub with a produce brush.

Why Just Running Water Isn't Enough

While rinsing under running water can remove visible dirt and debris, it may not be sufficient to eliminate all contaminants. Persistent dirt, microbes, waxes, and chemical residues can remain, potentially affecting health and taste. SolutionsHOCL® fruit and vegetable cleaner offers a more thorough approach to help reduce these contaminants.

How SolutionsHOCL® Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner Removes Contaminants

How SolutionsHOCL® Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner Removes Contaminants

Our product uses a blend of Sodium-based (NaDCC) granules that release Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) when mixed with water, along with Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, and Tea Tree Essential Oil. This combination works to help reduce dirt, soil residue, and surface contaminants on produce.

How to Clean Fruits and Vegetables with SolutionsHOCL®

  1. Mix the Solution: Use about 1 gram per liter of water, stir to dissolve.
  2. Soak or Spray: Immerse your produce in a bowl (best way) or spray it thoroughly with the solution.
  3. Rinse: Wash off under running water to remove any residue.

Best Practices for Storing Cleaned Produce

  • Dry Completely: Ensure all produce is fully dried to prevent mold.
  • Use Appropriate Containers: Use clean, dry containers or specific storage bags.
  • Refrigerate: Most items should be refrigerated to maintain freshness.


Properly washing your fruits and vegetables is essential for maintaining a healthy diet. By incorporating effective methods and using SolutionsHOCL® produce washer, you can support the cleanliness of your produce. Adopt SolutionsHOCL® for an eco-friendly and efficient addition to your food preparation routine.

For more tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring your produce is well-cleaned, visit SolutionsHOCL

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