A woman has left people gobsmacked after she shared her bizarre cleaning ‘tip’ that involves putting her fruit and vegetables in the dishwasher to clean them. Instead of using a washing detergent, she uses vinegar instead.
A TikTok fan, who goes by the name Smile Lop, has revealed that before she eats her fresh fruit and vegetables that she ensures they’re clean by popping them on a cycle in the dishwasher, in the detergent compartment she adds vinegar.
On the short video she posted to TikTok, she captioned the post: “TikTok tip!”
In the video, viewers can see an array of fruit and vegetables placed neatly in the dishwater, it includes apples, tomatoes, lime, blueberries and avocados.
Whilst some said that they were impressed by her dedication to ensuring she has clean fruit and vegetables and said it was “amazing” to see, others were not so sure.
One person commented: “The berries would be everywhere.”
Another added: “Everything would get bruised from the jets.”
Meanwhile, a third wrote: “I don’t know, seems like a lot of bacteria.”
A person responded to this comment, saying: “Definitely less than rinsing them for 20 seconds.”
Despite the woman’s ‘tip’ not being recommended to ensure your fruit and vegetables are clean, Timothy Newsome, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, told the Daily Mail it is a wise idea to wash them with soap, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to this advice, Cathy Moir of CSIRO Agriculture and Food said that she would recommend giving your fruit and vegetables a “good rinse” before consuming.
She told ABC: “Some people can go to extremes, but I tend to take a more practical approach and recommend a good rinse.”
She added that when you heat or cook the food, that will help to kill the microorganisms and that it is advised to heat your fruit and vegetables at 75 degrees celsius. Or she said to have it at a “piping hot temperature level, then there is no need to rinse first.”
Moir explained: “When you rinse your food, what you are doing is reducing the dose [of certain pathogens] and therefore reducing the risk of becoming ill.”
It has been advised that people remain just as cautious about organic produce too, as this can harbour pathogens also.
In recent months, this isn’t the first time a cleaning hack has begun to trend on TikTok. An Australian mum revealed a simple trick she uses to clean her microwave of dirt, grime and old food – she insists it will only take you four minutes.
All you have to do is make sure you have a cup of water and one teaspoon of washing detergent. Mix them together inside a jug and then put it in the microwave for four minutes.
When you take the jug out of the microwave you should find that it is incredibly easy to wipe down the dirt inside the microwave by just using a clean cloth.
Without the use of any chemicals, this will leave your microwave sparkling clean.
Speaking of TikTok trends, people have started freezing their cereal after watching others try it and they say it tastes much nicer than you’d expect! Although people were originally “not for it” they’ve since shared they’ve converted to the hack and say it’s a “game-changer”.