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Is Bleach a safe way to clean vegetables?

This was in reply to soaking vegi's in bleach to remove bacteria and parasites.  :0)  Here you will find the links.


I soak all my non-organic vegi's in a little bit of natural dishsoap and some lemon oil.  :)  Lemon oil is highly antimicrobial and antibacterial.  I'm not sure about it's anti-parisitic properties...but if that were a concern I would add Ocotea oil, which is highly anti-parisitic.


Both of these oils can be ingested and are actually beneficial for the body, so if some remains on the food, it is A-okay.   Young Living is the only company I know of making Ocotea oil which is from Equador.  Okay for children up to elderly.   I'm certainly not "all knowing" about these, but am happy to answer questions as I can or find answers for you.   I've been studying using and recommending Essential Oils for about 5 years now.   I support a group of about 300 people in the learning and application of safe and healthy alternatives for preventative health issues.  That is one reason why I so appreciate Penni and what she does here.  Rather than spend endless hours explaining the benefits of increasing ones raw food consumption, I can send people here.  Penni, you have done an awesome job here and I so appreciate your dedication.


If it were me, I would try very hard to avoid using bleach as it is as toxic to ingest.  That is why people look for alternatives for purifying their drinking water (which contains chlorine here in the states) and for their pools (most of which use chlorination as their method of disinfecting).  Just through the skin even, we absorb chlorine even while we are washing dishes.  If you had two glasses of chlorinated water, and you put your fingers in one of the glasses for about a minute, then you tested both glasses for chlorine...the chlorine would be all gone from the glass you had your fingers in.  It would have already absorbed into your skin.  Go to the pool supply shop and get some orthotolodine and you can do this test yourself. A small bottle is just a couple of dollars.


Same with the shower only the shower is even more toxic because chlorine turns into a vapor at a lower temperature than water.  Ever felt dizzy in a hot shower?  Chances are that was from the chlorine vapor you were breathing in as you took a shower.  The choline molecule is part of the base chemical structure of mustard gas which was used in the gas chambers in WW II.   I highly recommend Dr. Wayne Garland's shower filters, home filters and drinking water filters. 

  He is one of the most knowledgeable men on the planet IMO on Chinese herbs, minerals, and nutrients as well.    


We have taken his Liquid Mineral for 18 years and recently he developed what I think is the best D3/K2 supplement bar none.  I think he calls it Ultra D.  :0)  Other great stuff too, but those are are top picks.





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Comment by Sonya Swan on June 12, 2011 at 10:47pm

Hi Nathalie,

Yes, some of those old home remedies are often good.  I found this article and several others that talk about both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (never mixed).  It would be interesting to see if there are any scientific studies proving the effectiveness and the amounts necessary to apply to remove the most petrochemicals. 


I think why I like Lemon oil so well is that I have watched it dissolve the petrochemicals right before my eyes.  :0)  Yet I absolutely love to hear all the options and be able to share them with others as well.  The other challenge with vinegar, as with the ultrasonic device, might be that of killing the parasites.  I have not done any research on vinegar killing parasites yet...might be a good thing for me to research next!  :0)


Blessings to you!

Simplest Homemade Produce Washes Work as Well as the Commercial High-priced Washes

Vinegar has been used for centuries as a cleanser and preservative. It is antibacterial and therefore if a mixture of half vinegar and half cold water is placed in a bowl and the produce lowered in a colander into the bowl then allowed to soak for five or ten minutes, the colander lifted out and the fruits and vegetables well rinsed with cold water, it can be considered clean.

Possibly the only vegetables that should not be soaked because they absorb extra water are mushrooms. Rather they should be brushed off with a soft mushroom brush and quickly rinsed or peeled.

To remove oily pesticides or waxy coatings on some soft fruits, partially fill a clean kitchen sink or large bowl with cold water, add two or three drops of plain liquid dish detergent, briefly agitate, lift into a colander then rinse under cold running water. Hard fruits such as apples can be washed with a drop of detergent by rubbing the peel with hands, then continuing to rub under cold running water until no detergent remains. Fruits such as oranges and cantaloupes that you intend to cut with a knife, which may introduce bacteria from its surface into its interior, should be scrubbed with a soft vegetable brush and a drop of detergent, then continued to be brushed and rinsed under running cold water.

Soak or Spray or Scrub

A mixture of vinegar and water kept in a spray bottle can also be used to spray vegetables and fruits and then rinse them well under cold running water. Another idea that seems to work well is baking soda (approximately two tablespoons) with lemon juice (approximately one tablespoon) in eight ounces of water in a spray bottle to spray vegetables, let them sit for a few minutes and then rinse well under cold running water.

It is important to not cross-contaminate produce with meats – always use a clean knife and a clean cutting board for each and wash cutting surfaces with detergent or vinegar and water; rinse well. Thaw meats and fish in leak-proof containers in the refrigerator to prevent contamination of vegetables and fruits by animal product liquids.

The outer leaves of leafy vegetables should always be disposed of before preparing these vegetables because therein lies the greatest concentration of contaminants such as pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and airborne industrial contaminants. However, if the produce is organic the risk is less for this type of contaminant but it is wise to use a bit of mild vinegar spray or baking soda and then rinse well in cold running water.

Still Controversial

The use of either hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach to clean fruits and vegetables is still controversial, although a teaspoon of chlorine bleach in a gallon of water can be used to soak produce for a few minutes before rinsing in cool, clean water when there is doubt regarding possible contamination of produce from infectious human or animal bacteria. Some sources advise spraying produce with a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide and then a mixture of white vinegar and water but never to mix the two together in one bottle as they produce peracetic acid. Peracetic acid is an irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory system. If at all possible, it is safer to use diluted white vinegar, diluted lemon juice or baking soda to clean produce.

Before eating raw vegetables or fruit and before cooking produce, it is important to ensure it is free from bacteria, chemicals and dirt. Washing fruit and vegetables in cold running water will often do the job, but for produce that may have been contaminated by pesticides, chemicals or bacteria from soil, water or human handling, natural cleansers such as lemon juice, baking soda or white vinegar can be used to gently clean these foods. It is not only important to maintain good health by eating fruit and vegetables, but to take the time to clean them properly before consuming them.

Comment by Sonya Swan on June 12, 2011 at 8:44pm

Hi VeganforLife!


That does look very interesting!  It is amazing what can be done with frequency/sound wave technology as well as ultra violet lights.  This one I have never seen.  I wonder if it would work on parasite though?  It doesn't mention anything about them, but certain frequencies may have an impact of parasites as well.


I had Lyme disease back in 1999 and used a Rife Machine which operates on Frequency as well.  I was about 70% better in two weeks.  It was amazing!


I also use from time to time some frequency pain chips...they work solely on drugs...and relieve discomfort.  One friend of mine used them on her little girl who broke her finger and within minutes she was out of pain.    Another friend of mine uses them who was in a bad car accident several years ago and is in severe pain.  These are the only thing that keep her functional.   One of my children uses them for an occasional headache...sticks it right in the middle of her's like a sticker...and within minutes her headache is gone.  Really amazing.  :0)  You can read more about them here:

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And of course ever food we eat, every essential oil or supplement we use has it's own frequency as well.  Each of the cells and organs in our body operate at various might say our cells "sing" to each other.  :0)  I have a feeling our creator loves music!   If one part of the body is not functioning at the right frequency, it creates "disharmony" or disease.   So we have to stay "in tune" with our bodies...pun intended.  :0)


Thank you so much for sharing that!  I'll have to research that some favorite thing to do.  :0)





Comment by Vegan♥for♥Life on June 12, 2011 at 7:07pm
Comment by nathalie carles on June 12, 2011 at 5:47pm

Great post, I wash my veggies the old french way: water and vinegar.

But your post is very interesting! Thanks.

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