How to Wash Fruits & Veggies
You’re at the grocery store and you see displays of fresh grapes, oranges, apples and watermelons. Your mouth starts to water and you immediately buy your fill. You get them home, ready to make your summer fruit salad and treats. Which one do you need to wash? You plan to peel the apples, you can’t eat the melon rind or the orange peel…
The answer is all of them. No matter if your eating the rind or peel or not, you need to wash your vegetables and fruits when you get them home and before eating. Think about how many people walk by them, manhandle the fruits, and touch the veggies. That, in addition to the dirt or pesticides left on them, is enough to make anyone squeamish.
If you buy a veggie and fruit wash at the store, you’ll be paying way more than you want. It’s actually cheap and simple to make a wash for your produce. Using water just isn’t enough anymore.
How to Clean Fruits & Veggies: DIY Wash
Fruit & Veggie Wash Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fruit & Veggie Wash Recipe Directions
- Combine these ingredients and mix well.
- Spray the produce generously and let it sit for about five minutes.
- Rinse with cool water. You can save the extra for about 2 weeks in the fridge.
Other recipes say not to add the baking soda until you are ready to use, and keep the rest of the mixture in the fridge up to three days.
Fruits & Veggies Soak Cleaner Recipe
Another option is to soak your produce to clean it. Leafy greens can soak for about two minutes and make sure that you clean the stems well. Root vegetables need to soak for several minutes. This soak will give you crisp and fresh tasting produce.
Fruit & Veggie Soak Cleaner Recipe Ingredients
- 1/2 cup of vinegar
- 3 tablespoons salt
- a large bowl, half full of cold water.
Fruit & Veggie Soak Cleaner Recipe Directions
- Combine in the bowl until the salt dissolves.
- Soak the fruits and veggies, uncut, for several minutes.
- Remove and pat dry.