Wash Your Fruits & Veggies + Bio-Vert Giveaway

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on January 10, 2013

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at remembering to wash my fruits and veggies before I eat them. I get so excited to prepare my meals that washing the produce just doesn’t cross my mind… but that’s no excuse. It should be important to me. Sounds like an opportunity for change, wouldn’t you say?

Will you join me in committing to make a habit of washing your fruits and veggies?

Right, let’s get to it then!

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There are a couple of ways to wash produce in order to rid it of pesticides and other contaminates. Scientists have whittled it down to a couple of options – tap water with mild soap (do not use detergents!), distilled water, or fruit and veggie washes. As awesome as it sounds to keep a bottle of distilled water on hand for washing fruits and veggies, I just know that it would end up in the same corner of the cabinet as my concentrated fruit & veggie wash. Regardless of my intentions, if a solution isn’t practical and easy to implement I have a hard time switching things up. Are you the same?

Right around the time I accepted that I needed to work on my produce washing skills, Bio-Vert contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their new produce wash. Heh, talk about good timing, right?

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This new fruit and vegetable cleaner from Bio-Vert helps to remove pesticides, bacteria and dirt on all fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s tasteless, fragrance free, has 0 irritating agents and can be used on hard produce (such as apples, pears, zucchini, carrots or eggplant) and soft produce (like kale, grapes and lettuces).

My favorite feature of the wash is in it’s delivery. Spray bottles for fruit and veggie washes are where it’s at, folks.

Spray on fruits or vegetables, rub over entire surface for 30 seconds and rinse well with cold water. 1, 2, 3… simple as that.

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I’ve been using the wash for about 2 weeks and have been remembering to wash about 90% of my produce on a daily basis. I have no doubt that a couple of months from now, I’ll be rockin’ my produce washing skillz like no other.

Ready to join the produce washing party? Enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 bottles of your very own Bio-Vert wash!

Enter to win 1 of 5 bottles of Bio-Vert Fruit and Veggie Wash

Giveaway open to Canadian residents only. Winner will receive a coupon for 1 free 715 mL bottle of Bio-Vert Fruit and Veggie Wash that can be redeemed at any Natural Foods store.

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Ilse Berg

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar on the kitchen counter for this purpose, but I would be interested in seeing data about how much chemical residue the Bio-Vert removes compared to other methods.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

This made me smile because if you’re the first to admit you forget to wash your fruits and veggies, I’m definitely second!! I made it a goal last year to be better about it, and while I’m still not super consistent (and I don’t use any sort of washes like Bio-Vert…. yet) I have become a lot better about actually peeling my carrots and rinsing/wiping other produce off before I cook it or eat it. Baby steps, right? ;)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Totally, slow and steady wins the race! I read in a bunch of places while I was preparing for this post that you should still wash your veggies before you peel them. I guess because anything that’s on the outside will just be wiped onto the inside when you peel. Fail. They were even recommending to wash your bananas! I’m not there yet… but I’m trying :)

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Jessica

Ok, this is totally something I need to do. I am so unconcerned with dirt of my veggies. I think somewhere in the back of my mind I was thinking it was a bit of dirt from the soil but obviously I need to rethink this a little!

At best, I run some water over it quickly. Thank you for doing this post!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I have the SAME story in my head! I’m pretty sure my Mom used to tell me (in our veggie garden), “The more dirt on the carrot the better. It’s good for your immune system”. Bah!

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Michelle R

Because of food sensitivity issues I had for years, I’ve washed my fruits and veggies like a fiend, even resorting to using anti-bacterial soap while at work when nothing else was available. There’s nothing like having to tell your boss that you have to leave work because you ate an unwashed peach and you’re experiencing pain so bad it feels like you MUST be having a heart attack. Though I’ve identified the root cause of most of my sensitivities as excess inflammation exacerbated by too much dairy consumption (that’s a mouthful!), my habit of washing everything is pretty much set in stone. We keep a spray bottle of an American version of this wash right under the kitchen sink so that it’s always handy – even my 8 yo son uses it to clean grapes for himself and his little brother. Whoever wins this giveaway will NOT be disappointed!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, that’s intense, Michelle. Thanks so much for sharing your story. So amazing that something so small as washing our produce can have such an impact on our health. So great that you have the kids doing it, too!

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Melissa

This is something that I definitely need to work on! I very rarely was my produce…isn’t that awful!?! I’m going in the kitchen right now and washing every apple and orange that’s on my counter! And I’m putting ‘fruit cleaner’ on my grocery list – right at the top! Thanks for reminding me to make this a priority. It really is important!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hope the fruit washing went well today, Melissa. You’re one day closer to making a lasting change :)

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Jane

Definitly don’t wash like I should, and since I can’t always buy organic-I really should be less lazy about this.
Actually I fnd I am less likely to wash ORGANIC produce LOL. Anyhoo this would be a great way to get on top of things, and maybe even a greatw ay to get my kids more involved in the kitchen!

OOOO Pesticide removal minions! I can rent them out.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I’ll buy, I’ll buy! I’m sure you’d have a lot of people interested in rental minions :)

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Kevin

It is disturbing that sometimes when I eat vegetables out of the fridge (to snack), they taste really bitter, but after I wash them they taste great. What did I wash off that was so bitter?

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Lin

psticide residues and possibly growth hormones .

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

…. the spray is by the sink now. Do it up! <3

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Charlie

I have never used a bought solution to wash my vegetables, but would be willing to try.
I’m always open to new suggestions.

Have a Joyful Day :~D
Charlie

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Charlie, you too!

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Danielle

What a great giveaway! I need to improve on washing my fruits and vegetables! Especially when it is difficult to buy all organic on a student’s budget.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Tell me about it… I wish we could buy all organic, but it’s just not practical for us. Horrah for washing veggies :)

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Andrea

Yes I need to start remembering to wash my produce more! I just use a mixture of vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and water in a spray bottle. Works like a charm!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

What an awesome trick, Andrea! Thanks for sharing it with everyone :)

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barb

Great info. i love how the piece you linked to said distilled water was just as effective veggie washes. I’m not sure what distilled is, but I have a filter on my tap, so that should be good enough. i also never knew to soak broccoli or cauli or lettuce for 2 -3 minutes. I’m always in such a rush, so from now on i will fill a bowl with filtered water and soak my veggies in it. Thanks!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hey Barb – you can find distilled water in the health care section of any grocery store. It’s widely available. Rushing is where my issue comes in too but I think when you get accustomed to doing it, it should be second nature! Here’s hoping :)

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Chris

I definitely need to start doing this, thanks for the reminder! This sounds like a great product, I’ll look for it!

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Lin

in researching on the web I found that equal parts of lemon juice and vinegar with filtered water added by 4 and administrered through a spray bottled will remove as much as is possible from the green leafy as well. spray, rub and rinse. solution keeps up to a week in the fridge.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Awesome, thanks for sharing that with all of us, Lin!

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Phoo-d

Once you notice how different bell peppers feel after you’ve washed off the edible wax they are coated with you’ll never go back to unwashed peppers again. It gives me the heebie jeebies to think of using unwashed fruit and veggies- I just envision them in trucks and on the conveyor belts at the grocery stores and can’t stand to not wash them! Then there is always my grandmother’s voice in the back of my head saying, “Well you never know if they peed in the watermelon patch or not”. Lol.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

If they peed in the watermelon patch… smart Grandmother! Too funny. Yes, you’re right. Bell peppers sans wax are pretty darn good.

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Heidi

According to Victoria Boutenko ( rawfamily.com ) vegans can get B12 from unwashed veggies from the garden but I’m sure that does not apply to produce from the store. I should do a better job of washing my produce other than just running it under water. I am so ready for Spring to start planting my own veggies.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Great to know, thanks for sharing, Heidi! I’m totally with you… I wish I had a garden in our new house!

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Peggy

I’m a little skeptical of buying veggie washers. I’ve always been taught to just run under cold water – as long as the food will be cooked, any pesticides or bacteria not removed from washing will be killed with cooking. I’ll have to do a little more research on these cleaners though.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I linked to a couple of resources that may help you make an informed decision, Peggy. Good on you for looking into it and making a choice that best fits you :)

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Sus

I am usually pretty good at washing my fruits and veggies. But it is like you, about 90% of the time. I use a water, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice mix. But the spray seems much easier and convenient.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Great idea to make it yourself! Maybe once I get accustomed to the spray and the habit, I can switch to homemade!

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Natalie

This looks great! I usually only wash my fruits and veggies with water but I need to try this product out !

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Gisele

As a person who has Candidiasis, I can say with absolute certainty that the need to wash your fruit and veggies is important. When I discovered my condition I did a cleanse using bentonite clay and fibre. I thought that “I” could not have parasites. I was wrong. This condition has made me rethink my relationship with food and how I prepare it. ALWAYS wash your fruit and veg. We are getting produce from around the world in our grocery stores and you can get parasites from homegrown fare too. Eradicating surface dirt and pesticides is important, but there are other sinister things lurking on your food.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Great perspective, Gisele. Another reason to add to the list!

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