Washing produce before consuming it provides many health benefits, like removing bacteria.
“Produce is sold out in the open where anyone can handle it, and it comes from the soil, so there could be dirt on it,” Linda Harris, a department chair and food-safety researcher at the University of California, Davis told TIME.
Washing produce with tap water and rubbing with a paper towel is an effective cleaning method, however introducing ozone can provide an added layer of security.
- The shelf life of fruits and vegetables can be extended by ozone treatment.
- To help keep produce fresh, follow these steps:
- Fill your sink or a large bowl with water.
- We recommend using a glass bowl, as ozone will degrade plastic over time.
- Average sized sinks should be half-full.
- Place the diffusion stone 2 to 4 inches deep into the water
- Place the vegetables and or fruits to be treated in the water
Although ozone is a powerful disinfectant that kills bacteria and viruses, oxygen is its only residual chemical.
The most effective unit for vegetable washing is the Aqua-8. Learn more about this multi-purpose ozone generator here.