Good question, Barnardine. There isn’t any practical way of being able to tell if your fruits and vegetables are clean or not. Even a clean looking product may have some residues still on it. Despite the fact that the amounts of these substances on your food is very little, and not exactly harmful like you suspect, it is still a good idea to make sure that you wash them thoroughly, especially if they will be eaten raw.
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Unfortunately, there’s not any real way to know for sure that all of the chemicals have been removed with washing. But that doesn’t mean that washing doesn’t do anything. Be sure to wash all of your fruits and vegetables before eating. It’s even better if you use a produce cleaner, such as Veggie Wash. You can also clean it with a little bit of baking soda.
The short answer is, unfortunately, that you can’t. Unless you buy organic produce (one of the perks of which is that no chemicals are used ever in the entire growing process), there will always be a small amount of chemicals on your fruits and vegetables. While washing the produce helps, and is always recommended, the chemicals often seep through the outer layers of skin of most produce.
Here is a list of 12 fruits and vegetables (many of them house staples) most susceptible to chemical “seeping”: http://willtaft.com/organic-food/the-dirty-dozen-of-food/
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