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Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash: Recipes & Tips

Posted By Tipnut On April 23, 2009 @ 11:45 am In Food Tips | 19 Comments


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 [1].
  • 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 [2] (pdf).

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[2] Melons: Safe Handling Practices for Consumers: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY48800.pdf

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