Written by Dr Shyam Kumar and published on 12 May 2021.
Does washing fruits and vegetables help protect your family from coronavirus? Read on to know the proper method of sanitizing your veggies to prevent the virus from entering your home
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping everyone indoors, you may be anxious about safeguarding your family from the threat of COVID-19. Whatever precautions you take against coronavirus contamination, there are still some essential items that need to come inside the house fruits, vegetables and groceries.
But how do you disinfect vegetables and fruits? Does washing fruits and vegetables help protect your family from coronavirus?
Here is a set of ten such FAQs that will clear all your doubts about how to clean vegetables and fruits after you bring them home.
No, it does not.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 spreads through food.
It is best to rinse fruits and veggies just before you plan to eat or cook them.
Storing them after rinsing can result in bacterial growth and cause them to go bad quickly.
No, it is not safe to do so.
Residual soap on fruits and veggies can be harmful to your health causing gastric symptoms (mimicking that of COVID-19). It can also impact the flavor of food.
Yes, it does.
Washing with 2% salt water will remove most of the contact pesticide residue present on the surface of farm produce.
No. It is not advisable.
There is a potential for cross-contamination if done so.
It is advisable to use cold water.
Washing with hot water can cause the vegetables to wilt or droop.
Rinsing vegetables in cold running water while gently rubbing them is enough to get rid of 90-99% of germs and other contaminants.
Consumption of contaminants (dust, pesticides and germs) present on the surface of fruits and vegetables can cause various illnesses.
Yes. It is safe to use eco-friendly vegetable washers.
Vegetable washers use technology such as ultrasound waves and ozonization to get rid of pesticides and germs.
Wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds both before and after handling them. Also disinfect the kitchen counter, cutting boards, knives and cutting areas.
Accidental transfer of germs from your hands to your mucous membranes can result in COVID-19 or other illnesses.
Make a solution using 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach in 4 cups of water. Apply to surfaces and rinse thoroughly with water.
Chlorine bleach can be very effective in killing undesirable microorganisms.
Eat healthy, stay safe, stay at home!