The Clean 15 & Dirty Dozen
The Lists for the Good, the Bad and the Dangerous
Sometimes you can’t afford to buy everything organic.
Well, I’ve got some good news for you. You don’t have to!
Of course it is best to buy organic as much as possible, but if you need to prioritize then the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen” list will help you understand what produce is best to purchase organic and what is okay to purchase conventional (non-organic).
EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ has been updated every year since 2004, it ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 35,200 samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
When buying on a budget, choose the conventional option from the Clean Fifteen List. Then purchase the organic version of items that show up on the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of produce that contains the highest concentrations of pesticide residues and is therefore best to be avoided.
I find it helpful to for people to download the guide to keep with you when you shop and you’ll never need to wonder which foods to buy organic and which to buy conventional. These guides are updated typically late spring / early summer every year.
Make sure to wash all your conventional produce well. You can soak it in water and a little white wine vinegar. I like to add a couple of drops of my doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil to the water as well. This helps remove residual residue from the skins of the produce.
Have you ever wondered what the produce SKU’s mean?
If the number starts with a 9 it is organic
If it starts with a 3 it means it’s conventionally grown
Finally, if the number starts with an 8 that means that it’s genetically modified (GMO) and we stay far, far away.