Follow these simple steps when cleaning eggplant, as well as other fruits and vegetables:
1. Clean all surfaces and utensils with soap and hot water, including cutting boards, peelers, counter tops, and knives that will touch fresh produce. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten, under clean running water using no detergents or bleach. Remove the outer leaves of leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage before washing. Produce with firm skin, such as potatoes, may require rubbing with a vegetable brush while rinsing under clean running water to remove all soil.
3. Dry fruits and vegetables with a clean paper towel and prepare, cook, or eat.
4. Packaged produce labeled "ready to eat," "pre-washed," or "triple washed" can be used without further washing.