“Dry Cleaning” on Produce Farms: Alternatives to Using Water & Detergents

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated June 22, 2022
Author: C. Callahan, B. Mitchell, P. Tocco, A. Chamberlin
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material, Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR), Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
Language: English

There has been a lot of focus on improving cleaning and sanitization of food contact surfaces. You may feel like it is necessary to soak everything with water, scrub with detergent, and dose with a sanitizer no matter what.

Well, hold on.

There may be situations when a “dry” approach to cleaning and sanitizing makes more sense.  After all, many human pathogens depend on water to survive. There may be situations when a “dry” approach to cleaning and sanitizing makes more sense.  

- Introducing water to a produce line or other food contact surface that is generally dry can introduce new hazards.
- Not all cleaning needs to include water.
- Handling and packing areas that are generally dry, may benefit from “dry” cleaning.
- Brushes, brooms, & vacuums may be used to complete necessary cleaning.
- Waterless cleaning products may be helpful for cleaning dry zones as well.

 


 


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