Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world, and it’s easy to see why. They taste juicy and sweet, have a satisfying crunch when you bite into them, and they’re really nutritious for you. What’s not to love?

The health benefits of apples are the main reason behind the famous proverb that “an apple a day will keep the doctor away,” but that doesn’t mean they’re the perfect fruit. In fact, there’s a fairly serious danger that comes from eating them that most people have no knowledge of.

Turns out, you should be cleaning your apples before you eat them—and the reason why might just change how you think about the classic fruit.

Apples are a staple of many diets all over the world. They’re easily accessible all year round at your local supermarket, they come in all sorts of varieties, and—most importantly—they’re delicious!

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But most apples that you buy at the supermarket host a serious danger that you may not know about. You wouldn’t think you’d have to worry about this supposedly healthy fruit, but the truth is rather surprising.

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It can be hard to tell with the naked eye, but most store-bought apples are absolutely covered with something that you typically wouldn’t think to eat otherwise. And boy, is there a lot of it. The extent of this can actually be revealed by dousing apples in some hot water. Can you tell what it is yet? Find out next…

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It’s wax! This substance is used to preserve the apples. It’s part of the reason why you can purchase so many yummy apples at any time throughout the year, even if they’re not local, because it keeps the fruit from spoiling too quickly. However, there were rumors going around that this wax could cause cancer.


Thankfully, this rumor was proven to be completely false. The wax is actually food-grade and safe to eat. Then again, who would really want to eat it? Ingesting wax just seems gross! Luckily, there is a way to remove the wax so you can safely enjoy your apples.

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To remove the wax from your apples, essentially all you will need is baking soda, lemon juice, and lukewarm water. Start by placing all of your apples in a large bowl and covering them with one tablespoon of baking soda.

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Next, you’ll want to pour precisely one tablespoon of lemon juice on top of the baking soda. This should make for a nice little cleaning solution on its own, but there’s a little more to be done before you can truly wash off your waxy apples.


The next step is easy. Simply pour some lukewarm water right into the bowl containing your apples and mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. There’s just one more step before you’re finished and ready to enjoy your apples!

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Finally, the last step—and the most important one by far—is simply to scrub off all of the wax! A little elbow grease and a handy-dandy toothbrush is all you will need to accomplish this.

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You’ll be able to see and feel the shiny, slick substance come right off your fruit’s skin. Then it’s time to start munching down on your waxless apples! You’ll never know what you’ve been missing out on!


Where you once might’ve never even noticed all of that wax on your apples, now you’ll be making sure to enjoy a more natural apple-eating experience. What do you have to lose? Give it a try!


For handy reference, here is what your unwaxed apple will look like when compared to those waxy ones you bought at the store. It’s like night and day. What a stunning revelation! Sure, the waxed apple looks prettier—but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to ingest all that shellac, right?


After you take these precautionary steps, your apples should be ready to eat. It may seem like a hassle, but when it comes to your health, it’s worth it!

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