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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash

Easy To Make

1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
2 TBS baking soda
2 TBS lemon juice
  • Mix ingredients then pour in clean spray bottle. Spray fresh produce generously. Sit for 5 minutes then rinse off well.
  • Note: Make sure to first mix ingredients in deep container since there will be some fizzing from the baking soda & vinegar.
There are also these tips and recipes to try:
*Make sure the sink is thoroughly cleaned or use a plastic dishpan just for this purpose
  • Sprinkle items with baking soda then gently scrub and rinse. This cleaning method safely removes dirt and residue off produce. Mentioned previously on this page: 50 Quick Tips For The Kitchen.
  • A mix of 50/50 vinegar and water sprayed on fresh produce also works as a good cleaner. Let sit for a few minutes before washing off.
  • Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar for every sinkful of water (standard size). Soak items for a minimum of 15 minutes before rinsing off and preparing.
  • Parasite buster: Add 1/2 teaspoon of chlorine bleach per sinkful of water and soak items for 30 minutes. Rinse then soak in clear water for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide (3%) per gallon of water and soak items for 20 minutes. Rinse then soak in clear water for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Residue cleaner: Add a few drops of your favorite liquid dish detergent (for handwashing dishes) to water, soak items for a few minutes then scrub and rinse well under clear running water.
  • Arrange fresh fruit and veggies in the sink then fill with water. For every gallon (16 cups) of water used, add 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract and an 1/8 cup of salt. Soak for a minimum of 10 minutes then rinse in clear water.
Fresh Produce Soak:
1/2 cup vinegar
3 TBS salt
  • Mix ingredients to dissolve salt then add to sinkful of water (stir to mix). Soak items for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove, pat dry.
Did You Know: You should wash the outsides of melons before cutting through them? If you don’t, the knife will drag the pesticides/dirt/bacteria from the outside rind into the fruit as you cut. The outside of melons can carry some seriously nasty cooties. See Melons: Safe Handling Practices for Consumers (pdf).

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