How to wash strawberries

Learn how to properly wash strawberries before you eat them to ensure you clean the chemicals and grime off.

Container of strawberries.

Why you need to clean strawberries

Strawberries are delicious and they’re packed with vitamins. However, it’s important to clean them before you take a bite.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), strawberries are at the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list. The EWG did a test and 99% of the samples had detectable residues of at least one pesticide.

Learning how to properly clean strawberries will ensure that you’re not eating pesticides and can enjoy them with peace of mind.

How to wash strawberries

The first thing to understand is that you should only wash the strawberries that you’re going to eat immediately.

They have sponge-like features, which causes them to soak up water. If the strawberries soak up water, and you store them away, they’ll go bad faster.

Now that you have the ones you’re going to eat, take the following steps to wash strawberries:

Total Time: 15 minutes

In a large bowl, add 1 cup of white vinegar and 4 cups of water.

Preparing your solution is the first thing you need to do.

Place the strawberries in the bowl for 10 minutes.

Make sure the strawberries are fully submerged.

Dump the solution and rinse your strawberries.

Use cold water to rinse your strawberries,

Pat dry with a paper towel or cloth.

Once you pat them dry, you can eat your strawberries.

If you don’t want to use vinegar, the other option is to use veggie wash. Most grocery stores carry a pre-made solution that you can use.


Strawberries are a refreshing, sweet, and tangy fruit that’s packed with vitamins. However, they’re also at the top of the list for pesticides. Make sure you clean the chemicals off of your strawberries before you eat them.

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