Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash: Recipes & Tips
Mix ingredients listed below then pour in clean spray bottle. Spritz on fresh produce generously. Sit for 5 minutes then rinse off well.
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
2 TBS baking soda
2 TBS lemon juice
Note: Make sure to first combine ingredients in deep container since there will be some fizzing action.
There are also these tips and recipes to try:
*Ensure the sink is thoroughly cleaned or use a plastic dishpan just for this purpose
- Sprinkle items with baking soda then gently scrub. This method safely removes dirt and residue. Mentioned previously on this page.
- Vinegar/Water Spritz (50/50) works well.
Note: Rinse and allow to soak for a few minutes in clear water after treatment.
To Full Sinks (Water) Add…
- 4 TBS apple cider vinegar.
- Parasite buster: Add 1/2 teaspoon of chlorine bleach and soak items for 30 mins.
- 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide (3%) per gallon of water and leave items for 20 mins.
- A few drops of your favorite liquid dish detergent (for handwashing dishes), leave items for a few minutes before scrubbing. Good residue remover.
- Arrange fruit and veggies first before filling. For every gallon (16 cups) of water used, add 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 2 TBS of salt.
- Produce Bath: Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and 3 TBS salt (stir until dissolved) then add to sink. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove, pat dry.
**Note: After treating allow to sit for at least 10 mins in clear water.
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 melon as you cut. The outside rinds can carry some seriously nasty cooties. See Melons: Safe Handling Practices for Consumers (pdf).