Various fruits on display at a market
Which Fruits Can Be Sprayed Clean And Which Should Be Soaked?
Cleaning produce is always necessary before eating it, but you may not know the correct way to clean different fruits. Here's a quick guide on which fruits to spray or soak.
Large, dense, smooth-skinned fruits like apples, pears, nectarines, plums, and limes can be sufficiently cleaned with a quick spray of water and vinegar or produce cleaner.
Smaller, porous fruits or fruits with textured skin, like berries, oranges, lemons, and avocados, are best cleaned by soaking them in water for about three minutes.
For a DIY produce rinse, use a mixture of one part distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to three parts water to spray or soak your fruits.
Make sure to dry your fruits after washing and before using, and avoid cleaning your fruit too far in advance, as the extra moisture can promote rotting and bacterial growth.