Here’s the thing: you really should be washing your vegetables. Even if they’re organic and you bought them from the farmer down the road. Keep reading to find out why.

Our trusty organic farmers take generous precautions to keep their produce safe, and we’re grateful for their efforts. But consider how those perfect fruits and veggies traveled to get to your hands. Were they put on a truck? Stacked on top of other vegetables? Displayed in a grocery store produce section where countless people could have handled it, coughed on it, sneezed on it before you tossed it into your cart? Though they were washed before leaving the farm (we hope), no one knows just how many bacteria- or potentially even viruses- your fruits and vegetables picked up on their way to your kitchen.

The potential for disease transmission aside, it should go without saying that if any of your produce is not certified organic, it should absolutely be washed thoroughly. Pesticides are applied in the field to fight fungi, insects, weeds, and more. The World Health Organization recognizes the multitude of negative health effects of pesticide residues, namely cancer, endocrine disruptions and immune and nervous system difficulties. The Toxics Action Center lists a few more: skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea, ADHD, and even autism.

This is why vegetable wash is so important, and even more important that its ingredients are simple and clean. Commercial vegetable wash often boasts ingredients that are counteractive to an effective recipe. Vermont Soap’s Produce Magic Fruit & Veggie wash takes the guesswork out of your search. It contains only natural vegetable oils, essential oils, and aloe. It can be used in a variety of ways; with a spray bottle, brush, or as a soak. If you could prevent the horrible potential consequences of contaminated vegetables, why wouldn’t you?