Clean Your Vegetables [And Your Fruit]: DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

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Even though we mostly cover topics for cleaning the home, we thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe for cleaning all those beautiful fruits & veggies you are bringing home from the store or farmers market! Why use a spray or wash to clean your fruit and veggies? Well bacteria, wax, and sometimes pesticides can live on the skin of your fresh goodies! Not to mention the exhaust residue they were exposed to during transport (by the farmer, the store, and by you). The recipe for making your own fruit and veggie wash is simple, and the secret ingredient? You guessed it, vinegar. Why does vinegar work so well you might ask? The acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria and dissolves wax/pesticide residues that remain on the skins of many fruits and veggies. If you are wondering which fruits and vegetables have more pesticides check out this handy guide from the Environmental Working Group (click here for guide).

Ingredients:

  • White Vinegar
  • Distilled Water (for the spray, not needed for the soak)
  • Spray Bottle

Directions for Hard-Skinned Fruits & Veggies:

  1. Fill the spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and distilled water (distilled water won’t go bad).
  2. Spray the mixture onto the fruits and vegetables, rub it in, then rinse with water.

Directions for Soft-Skinned Fruits & Veggies:

  1. In a bowl, mix equal parts vinegar and water (it doesn’t have to be distilled because this is one time use).
  2. Soak your fruits and veggies in the solution for a minute or so and rinse.

Do you usually wash your fruits and veggies?

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