How Clean is Your Produce?

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

by Alexa Hanshaw

pesticide facts

Today I want to breakdown the difference between the CLEAN 15 & the DIRTY 12.

These are 2 lists put out by the EWG about pesticides in produce each year.

What does that mean?

For me that means I try to buy the items on the Dirty 12 list organic when available (because their nonorganic/ conventional counterparts will have the highest concentration of pesticides).

As for the Clean 15, the nonorganic/ conventional items are safer to buy because those crops don't recieve as many pesticides during the growing process!

Let's get to the lists:


  1. Avocado

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapple

  4. Onions

  5. Papaya

  6. Sweet Peas frozen

  7. Eggplant

  8. Asparagus

  9. Cauliflower

  10. Cantaloupe

  11. Broccoli

  12. Mushrooms

  13. Cabbage

  14. Honeydew Melon

  15. Kiwi


  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Peaches

  8. Cherries

  9. Pears

  10. Tomatoes

  11. Celery

  12. Potatoes

  13. Bonus: Hot peppers

Comment below which one surprises you the most from either list!

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