So I am kind of a stickler when it comes to washing my fruit and veggies. My mind wanders as I think about how many hands have touched my produce, all of the crates and trucks they have traveled in and the countless sprays and pesticides they may be covered with. Read on for the perfect solution!
I try and maintain an organic, environmentally friendly assortment of household cleaning products and avoid the chemical-laden, toxic ones as often as possible. One of the ways I am able to go green is by taking it back to the good old days and making my own cleaning products!
Here is a great DIY recipe for a fruit and veggie spray that I use just about every day. It removes most pesticides, waxes, germs etc. from my precious produce and will easily become a household staple since it is cost-efficient and effective.
- BPA free spray bottle (purchased mine here)
- Filtered water
- Lemon Juice or lemon essential oil
- White Vinegar
- Chalk label (purchased mine here)
- Chalk marker (purchased mine here)
- Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or a couple drops of lemon essential oil, 2 tbsp of white vinegar and 1 cup of filtered water to a spray bottle (you may need a funnel).
- Seal and shake the wash vigorously.
- Generously spray the wash on your produce. I spray about 3 spritzes. Rub for 20 seconds by hand or use a vegetable brush on hard produce such as tomatoes, potatoes or apples.
- Rinse thoroughly with filtered/purified water.
**When washing more than just a few pieces of fruit or veggies, save time and water and fill your sink with 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Soak the produce for 5 minutes. Rinse well. Don’t forget to clean your sink before and after!
Vinegar is an awesome cleaning aid! According to the Environmental Working Group, the acetic acid in white vinegar kills 98% of bacteria and helps dissolve wax and pesticide residues found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables. (I also love using diluted vinegar to remove coffee/tea cup stains.)
According to the American Society for Microbiology Journal, the high-level capacity of acetic acid in killing mycobacteria, regarded as the most disinfectant-resistant bacteria, suggests that acetic acid should be revived as a broadly effective bactericide that can be used as a general sanitizer.
As mentioned in the journal, vinegar has been used as a disinfectant for thousands of years. Today it is commonly used for destroying bacteria from fresh produce, thus making it a useful, low-cost, and effective disinfectant.
The lemon juice adds a nice scent to your spray, while also working as a grease/wax remover.
Have your own DIY fruit and veggie spray recipe? Share in the comment section below!