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. Read more to find out why.

Our trusty organic farmers take generous precautions to keep their produce safe, and we take comfort in knowing this. But consider how those perfect, organic 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 before you tossed it into your cart? Though they were washed before leaving the farm, no one knows just how many bacteria your vegetables picked up on their way to your kitchen.

And, it should go without saying, that if any of your produce is not certified organic, it should absolutely be washed thoroughly. Pesticides are applied to crops to fight fungi, insects, weeds, and more. The World Health Organization recognizes the multitude of negative health effects of pesticide residue, namely cancer, endocrine complications 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 superfluous to an effective recipe. Vermont Soap’s Produce Magic Fruit & Veggie wash takes the guess work out of your search. It contains 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. Customers rave about the amazing results that the Produce Magic boasts and regularly recommend it to their friends. If you could prevent the horrible potential consequences of contaminated vegetables, why wouldn’t you?