Remember, all types of fruit, including organically grown apples, must always be cleaned before consumption to remove bacteria and pesticide residues that are still attached. Usually, apples only need to be cleaned under running tap water. However, if the condition is very dirty, try cleaning it with the help of vinegar. Also, always wash your hands before cleaning the apples!
Method 1 of 3: Cleaning Store-Bought Apples
Step 1. Check the condition of the apple
Before cleaning the apple, check its condition well. In particular, look for any areas that are moldy, bruised, or otherwise damaged. If you notice an area that looks less than fresh, cut it off with a knife before cleaning the apple.
If apples are purchased at the market or supermarket, always choose a product that is smooth and fresh
Step 2. Wash your hands
Always clean apples with hands that have been cleaned with water and antibacterial soap.
Dry your hands with a clean towel or kitchen paper after cleaning the apples
Step 3. Run the apples with tap water
Tap water is enough to clean the apple from dust, dirt, and bacteria attached to its surface. Therefore, simply run the entire surface of the apple with tap water, then dry the apple with a paper towel or clean towel.
Step 4. Do not use soap or detergent
Basically, apples don't need to be washed with special soaps or detergents, especially since the residue of both can affect your digestive health. Instead, simply clean the apples under running tap water.
Method 2 of 3: Sterilizing Very Dirty Apples
Step 1. Fill the bottle with water and vinegar
If the apples have just been picked, chances are that the water alone isn't enough to clean them. Instead, use a vinegar solution to clean apples with very dirty and dusty surfaces. To make a vinegar solution, simply fill the bottle with three cups of water and one cup of white vinegar, then shake the bottle to mix the two well.
Step 2. Spray the apples with a vinegar solution
Remember, don't soak the apples in the vinegar solution, as this will cause the surface to erode. Instead, simply spray the entire surface of the apple with the vinegar solution, about six sprays so you don't miss any part.
Step 3. Clean the apples under running tap water
Once the apples are coated with vinegar, immediately rinse all sides under running tap water. The vinegar should be enough to remove all the dust and dirt that has coated the surface of the apple.
Just use your fingers to rub the surface of the apple
Method 3 of 3: Avoiding Common Mistakes
Step 1. There is no need to use various additives to clean apples
In fact, most apples don't need to be soaked or cleaned with anything other than tap water or vinegar. In fact, soaking apples in a special cleaning liquid can change the taste! Therefore, make sure the apples are only washed in running tap water and/or vinegar if they are really dirty.
Step 2. Keep washing organically grown apples
Many people feel that organic apples do not need to be washed because they are not exposed to pesticides, or that they are exposed to much less pesticides than regular apples. Unfortunately, even organic apples are still susceptible to exposure to bacteria from the environment and may become contaminated while being distributed. That is why, organically grown apples should still be washed under running tap water before consumption.
Step 3. Don't throw away the moldy apples right away
In fact, moldy products do not need to be thrown away, as long as the moldy area is not too large. Instead, simply remove the moldy area with the help of a knife. However, if most of the apples look moldy, feel free to throw them away.