The 2013 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen Printable Cheat Sheet

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Guide

The Dirty Dozen is a list published by the Environmental Working Group that prioritizes the fruits and veggies that you should buy organic because of their high levels of pesticide residue.

The EWG’s still stresses the importance of eating lots of fruits and veggies — organic or not — but if you can only afford to buy some organic produce, you’ll want to start with the Dirty Dozen. To put your mind at ease, they’ve also published the Clean Fifteen, which lists produce that has low levels of pesticide residue so there’s no need to spend more on organically grown varieties.

Here is the 2013 list, plus a printable cheat sheet from the EWG to carry with you!

The Dirty Dozen

Produce that should be purchased organically:

1. apples
2. celery
3. cherry tomatoes
4. cucumber
5. grapes
6. hot peppers
7. nectarines (imported)
8. peaches
9. potatoes
10. spinach
11. strawberries
12. sweet bell peppers
…plus collards & kale
…plus summer squash & zucchini

The Clean Fifteen

Produce that is safe to purchase conventionally:

1. asparagus
2. avocado
3. cabbage
4. cantaloupe
5. corn
6. eggplant
7. grapefruit
8. kiwi
9. mangoes
10. mushrooms
11. onions
12. papayas
13. pineapples
14. sweet peas (frozen)
15. sweet potatoes

Do you follow the EWG’s guidelines for produce?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • JR

    Corn shouldn’t be on the clean list. otherwise looks pretty good.

  • lakeq

    where are the blueberries? …and summer squash and zhuchini? they have kind of thick skins.

  • james@here.com

    The printable sheet link is dead.