Those who know me well, know that being ‘green’ is pretty important to me. In many ways, I go out of my way to find new products that will help me live a healthier life without being too cumbersome to use. I mostly cook home made food for my family from wholesome unprocessed ingredients. The only canned foods you’ll find in my recycling is crushed tomatoes and I try to buy all my fruits and vegetables fresh and mostly organic (sometimes I don’t have a choice here in Louisiana).
I’ve been using a produce wash from whole foods for over 5 years that has been working…just ok (better than water but not great.) When I stumbled upon Eat Cleaner Vegetable & Fruit Wash on Facebook, I just had to try it out! I bought two 4oz concentrate bottles and was very excited to receive 2 additional bottles to give away to my readers (Thank you Eat Cleaner!)
What’s Eat Cleaner? Eat Cleaner is the only all-natural, tasteless and odorless food wash + wipes + wipes for produce, seafood and poultry that is lab proven to remove over 99.9+% of Salmonella and E.coli from the surface of food. Additionally, Eat Cleaner helps inhibit food browning while prolonging the shelf life of fresh produce, saving consumers money.
How does Eat Cleaner work? Eat Cleaner products are formulated to strip away wax to thoroughly cleanse residues and dirt trapped under the surface. Eat Cleaner also removes surface debris from seafood and poultry and effectively cleans food preparation and cutting surfaces to help deter cross contamination. (I only tried the Veg & Fruit wash).
Some of you might be thinking that you have washed your food with water and you’ve been fine. I don’t know about you, but it grosses me out when I buy grapes and they are dusty and covered with a sticky matte residue (pesticides anyone?) Or, how about your shiny pretty apple?
This week I set out to do my own testing and see if this new wash really worked. Below are some store bought grapes right out of the bag (Gross!)
Rinsed with water only.
I filled my salad spinner with water and two cap fulls of Eat Cleaner Fruit and Vegetable Wash. I also soaked it for about 3-5min (it says 1-2 min on bottle… but a mom can only dream of not being interrupted)
After I rinsed the grapes I set them to dry on my counter.
On the left is a grape washed with water and to the right is an Eat Cleaner washed grape.
It is clear that the Eat Cleaner grape was much cleaner.
Below is the murky dirt and pesticide filled water.
In case you needed more evidence, I set out to test the other claim that Eat Cleaner states on their website: “Eat Cleaner inhibits food browning and prolongs shelf life.” This caught my attention. My son loves apples; however, when I cut them up for him in his lunch bag they are brown and not so appealing by the time he gets to eat them. Below are some slices from a Fuji apple. Eat cleaner is to the left, plain and cut to the right (yes, it’s 9:05pm – mommy time).
By 11:36pm (2.5hrs later) The apple slices to the right (not sprayed with Eat Cleaner) have significantly begun to brown. At this point, my son would not have eaten the apple.
Of course, I got busy! I went to bed and the next morning the apples were still there. It’s 7:22am (10+hrs since the apple got a little Eat Cleaner spray on them) and the unsprayed apple was not only really brown but also soggy and flimsy! (Definitely not eating material)
I am a total convert. While I won’t name the other food wash I was previously using, I will tell you that I won’t use it anymore. Around 8am I took a bite of the Eat Cleaner apple and it was still crispy. I’ve been washing broccoli, carrots, apples, asparragus, and pears this week. All of which were significantly cleaner and I believe their claim that it removes the waxy stuff and residues from produce.
Thanks to their generosity, two readers will win a full size 4oz Eat Cleaner Vegetable & Fruit Wash concentrate. To enter, watch like SuperGlueMom on Facebook and watch this video (or: http://www.youtube.com/eatcleaner#p/u/10/lI3mk09ffzg) below and answer the following:
- How many hands (on avg) touch your food before you wash it?
- Name two reasons why washing your food with Eat Cleaner is better than rinsing with water
- How many products does Eat Cleaner offer on their website? And name one you can take on the road with you.
GREAT NEWS! Eat Cleaner is offering my readers a 25%off discount on your first order. Use Supergluemom2011 on your checkout. Good thru 2/14/11 -Clean your strawberries before Valentines!
You may send your answer via a reply to this post or on our Facebook page. Two winners will be randomly selected on Thursday Feb 3rd Midnight Central Time.
A huge thanks to Eat Cleaner for making a wonderful product I am happy to stand behind. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post but I did receive two 4oz Eat Cleaner Fruit & Veg Wash Concentrates to give away to my readers. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.