Wash’n’Wipes for Fruits and Veggies Can Keep Produce Fresh Longer

© Eat Cleaner -- Eat Cleaner in sprays or wipes, for home or a hike.

If food waste makes up 40 percent of local landfills, composting is the way to go. But to help make produce last longer try Eat Cleaner, and at the same time you’ll be removing residue and contaminants. Even organic and bagged foods have to be cleaned and water doesn’t make your food safer.

Considering the recent outbreaks -- spinach, cantaloupes, peanuts and sprouts – which are more frequent and severe, food safety is a growing issue and some problems are avoidable.

There were 78 million reported cases of food-borne illness and 5,000 deaths last year in the U.S. Non-organic peaches are sprayed with an average of 58 pesticides, apples up to 53.

Eat Cleaner was tested to remove at least 99 percent of Atrazine and Simizine pesticides. Hopefully you’re eating organic, but even organic food can be compromised by bacteria. An average of 20 hands handle most foods before it hits your mouth and about 80 percent of food-borne illness is attributed to poor food handling practices.

Remember the Dirty Dozen

Avoid bell peppers, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries, kale, potatoes, celery, grapes, and apples, which according to the Environmental Working Group these fruits and veggies should always be organic due to the level of pesticides.

- Eat your veggies and wash them, too, even hardy asparagus and cabbage.

Water doesn’t remove wax or fecal residue which seals in debris and bacteria. Washing food and surfaces (even hands) with Eat Cleaner makes it safer and also prolongs shelf life, inhibiting browning. Living alone, I can say this is a plus. It even brightens the greens and grapes. Since I use tap water to rinse food (the same tap water I won’t drink without purifying), this extra step is worth it and comes in a spray or biodegradable wipes.

Eat Cleaner is a blend of plant- and citrus-based ingredients, including citric acid found in fruits and vegetables, sodium citrate, citric acid salt, calcium ascorbate, sea salt, a natural preservative and anti-bacterial, and vegetable glycerin. It contains no alcohol, is tasteless, odorless, and low-sudsing, unlike some other brands.

There’s also a spritzer for seafood and poultry. Water is useless when it comes to salmonella. (Give Eat Cleaner as a gift to friends and family who insist on eating industrial raised food.) It’s available in sizes for home or commercial use – and in concentrated form. The wipes are handy for lunch boxes, camping and hiking, and it all comes in recyclable, BPA-free plastic containers.

Eat Cleaner/Promo image -- Mom and her Pop, Dr. Ibrahim, who formulated Eat Cleaner.

It's a mom and her pop shop. The owner, Mareya Ibrahim, who I met at the Opportunity Green conference last fall, is the mother of two and has worked in the natural food biz for more than a decade. Her father created the formula. Dr. Ibrahim is a Colorado State University Emeritus Professor and Ph.D., Environmental Health Science, and has long championed the strengthening of food safety procedures.

Mareya's website blog gives tips on eating wild fish, going meat-less and shopping seasonally. Plus she donates a portion of proceeds to Healthy Child Healthy World.

Tags: Cleaning | Farming | Food Safety | Fruits & Vegetables