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Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash

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Do you need a natural alternative for washing pesticides and germs off your fruits and vegetables? Try one of these options.

Baking Soda

  • Shake some baking soda on your produce, scrub, and rinse.
  • To make a spray, mix equal parts baking soda and water in a spray bottle.
  • To wash a sink full of fruits and vegetables at once, put produce in a clean sink, fill with water, and mix baking soda in the water. Scrub produce, rinse and dry.

Vinegar

  • To make a spray, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • To wash a sink full of fruits and vegetables at once, put produce in a clean sink, fill with water, and mix vinegar in the water. Use approximately 1/4 cup vinegar for ever gallon of water. Scrub produce, rinse and dry.

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  • Debbie June 14, 2010, 1:21 pm

    I usually soak my vegetables in a bowl of water + vinegar. It looks like I haven’t been using enough vinegar, though. I still need to carefully check it – especially if it’s something like cauliflower. Good to know about the other options. It seems like you can do just about anything with baking soda and vinegar!

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    • iDreamOfClean June 14, 2010, 1:57 pm

      Isn’t that so true? Baking soda and vinegar are wonder workers!

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  • Nikki June 19, 2010, 7:37 pm

    I’ll have to try this! I love using vinegar. Thanks for the tip.

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  • Dave W June 1, 2013, 2:18 am

    Interesting! I usually just wash with water but now I know so I can clean my food properly Thanks for sharing!

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  • Nancy Hernandez October 6, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Will definitely be trying this!

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