I have been doing a lot of research on vegetable washes and have found conflicting information. My conclusion however remains the same. That is- WASH your produce before you store it. Regardless if you wash with plain tap water or a vinegar based wash – Washing your fruit and veggies before putting them in your fridge is not only a wise thing to do for health and safety reasons for you and your children but doing so will also extend the life of your fruit and vegetables saving you money. The reason I am such a fan of washing produce is while grocery shopping I witnessed a gentleman standing by the produce with a cold – tissue in one hand blowing his nose. Then he proceeded with the same hand to handle all sorts of fruit and vegetables. As I drove home I started thinking about all the possible germy hands touching all that produce and it really left a lasting impression on me. So I went home, grabbed a bottle of vinegar, salt and water. I filled up the biggest bowl I could find and proceeded to wash every fruit and vegetable. Even the apples in the bag. When you think about it – People have germs and they are walking all over the store touching things that everyone else touched. Not to sound like an alarmist but- it only makes sense to clean your produce before you put it in your nice clean fridge. I’m seriously not a clean freak and some people argue it is just a mind thing but my answer to that is – remember that nose blowing gentleman could have been touching that apple sitting in your fridge now.
UPDATE: Recently after doing some checking on the ingredients in one of the bigger known vegetable washes I found it contains Ethyl alcohol made from corn and citric acid made from corn; along with oleic acid and glycerol made from vegetable sources. For me personally I try to stay away from any corn source considering they are mostly made from GMO sources here in the US. Also, I use Spectrum organic vinegar just because we in the US do not know if that big bottle of white distilled vinegar is made from GMO processed corn or petroleum based. Save your money. For the health and safety of my family I decided to make my own.
NOTE: Do not use this method for mushrooms.