Vegetables You’re Probably Washing the Wrong Way

Mar 16, 2016 11:41 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter


You should constantly wash your hands with warm foamy water both before and after preparing vegetables. Numerous vegetables can be washed under running water and those with the firm or tough skin should be gently cleaned with a brush to wash away microorganisms. There are a couple of vegetables which require unique attention with regards to cleaning and here's a guide for washing them.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower have bunches of crevices where germs can stow away. Soak these vegetables in a bowl of water for two minutes before flushing them under running water.


Avocado is technically a fruit, yet did you know that you should to wash this berry before you cut into it? If you don't wash the skin before cutting the avocado, microbes can pollute your blade and be transferred to the substance inside as you cut.

Hot Peppers

You should wear gloves when holding hot peppers, even when you're washing them since the pepper's natural oils can hurt your skin and eyes. Run peppers under water and scrub them with a brush since they have a thick and waxy skin.

Leafy Greens

Soak leafy greens in a dish of water for two minutes before flushing them under running water to uproot any dirt or germs.


No water is needed to clean mushrooms since a dry brush is enough to clear away microorganisms. In the event that you have a dirty mushroom, you can use a damp paper towel or give it a speedy flush under running water, however, be mindful so as not to get the mushroom excessively wet; mushrooms act like wipes and won't cook well if they absorb an excessive amount of water.

Root Vegetables

Regardless of the fact that you're planning on peeling your potatoes or carrots, soak them in water for a couple of minutes before running them under cold water and cleaning them with a brush.

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