Concerned about the chemicals that are on the fruits and vegetables you bring home and feed your family? I know I am.
I would love to have a budget that would allow me to purchase only organic foods. That is not the case though. So, I make sure I purchase organic when I can and when I can’t, I clean my fruits and vegetables with a homemade fruit and vegetable wash.
It is easy to make your own vegetable wash. I trust the all natural ingredients and I like knowing that my family is not ingesting poisons, dirt or insects when they eat a meal that I have prepared for them.
As I said, I purchase organic produce as often as I can. I rely on the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list. I have created one that you can print out and take to the grocery store with you.
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You may wonder why I don’t purchase vegetable and fruit wash. I have read studies that say the purchased sprays are no more effective than making your own organic fruit and vegetable wash. Plus, most of them contain chlorine. I also don’t like the wash being in a plastic bottle. We are working hard on getting rid of plastics in our home due to the chemicals that are in them.
Benefits of making your own homemade and fruit vegetable wash:
- Less expensive
- Made with ingredients you know and trust
- All natural
Homemade fruit and vegetable wash for those without a peel or have a soft peel such as berries:
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 4 cups cool water
- Large glass bowl
Mix water and vinegar in a large glass bowl, add fruits or veggies and let them soak for at least 5 minutes. Discard water and give them a final rinse with cool water.
Homemade fruit and vegetable wash for fruits and veggies with a hard peel:
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- Large class bowl
- 4 – 5 cups lukewarm water
Mix all the ingredients together, submerge fruits or veggies in bowl and let them soak for at least 5 minutes. Discard mixture and give fruits and veggies a final rinse with cool water.
I place my smaller fruits and vegetables in a strainer and then set them in the bowl of wash. I find it easier to rinse them when the time is up.