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3 DIY Recipes To Make Your Own Fruit And Vegetable Wash

Updated on May 28, 2014

EWG Dirt Dozen & Clean Fifteen

EWG Dirt Dozen & Clean Fifteen
EWG Dirt Dozen & Clean Fifteen

Can't Afford Organic?

According to the EWG list of dirty fruits and veggies there are at least 14 that you should consider buying organic because of the pesticide residue found on the non-organic kind.

Click here to view a complete list of the 14 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic.

I understand that there are many people who just simply can not afford to buy organic so below you are about to discover 3 different recipes that you can start using to wash off most the pesticides and waxes from your produce.

Keep in mind though that some pesticides do soak into the produce and can not be washed off so it is always better to purchase organic.

If you simply can not afford it at this time you are still going to receive the nutritional benefits from the non-organic, just follow these 3 different recipes to wash off most the pesticide residue.

To remove pesticides and waxes soak your produce in a vinegar and water bath
To remove pesticides and waxes soak your produce in a vinegar and water bath | Source

Fruit and Vegetable Wash #1 - White Vinegar Sink Bath

Yes good old white vinegar is a great way to remove pesticides and waxes from your produce.

*Have your produce and water at room temperature to reduce the risk of shock to some soft skinned fruits and veggies. Temperature shock can cause pores in the skins to intake more of the dirty water, and thus more of the chemicals you are trying to remove.

Here is a simple procedure that you can follow if you have a lot of produce to wash at once.

  1. Wash your sink thoroughly
  2. Fill sink with clean room temperature filtered water (Use bottle water if you do not have filtered water)
  3. Mix in 1 part white vinegar (3 parts water and 1 part vinegar)
  4. Put all your fruits and veggies in the sink and soak for 10 minutes
  5. Take them out and allow them to air dry

Place fruit in a colander and then place the colander inside the vinegar and water mixture
Place fruit in a colander and then place the colander inside the vinegar and water mixture

If you only have a small amount of produce to wash follow this procedure

  1. Fill a clean bowl with 4 cups of filtered water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the water
  3. Place your produce in a colander that would fit inside the bowl
  4. Put colander inside the bowl with the vinegar water solution
  5. Soak your produce for 10 minutes
  6. Pick up colander and rinse produce with water
  7. Allow them to air dry

Fruit and Vegetable Wash Recipe
Fruit and Vegetable Wash Recipe

Fruit and Vegetable Wash #2 - Vinegar & Lemon Spray

If you want to wash one apple at a time for example them you can have this solution ready in a BPA free spray bottle.

Follow these directions

  1. Add 1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp of White Vinegar and 1 Cup of filtered/pure water into spray bottle.
  2. Give the bottle a good shake
  3. Spray solution all over produce.
  4. Use hands, a clean cloth or vegetable scrub brush for at least 20 - 30 seconds and then rinse produce with filtered water.
  5. Use a paper towel to dry or allow to air dry

Fruit and Vegetable Wash #3 - Salt, Lemon and Water Sink Bath

If you don't have any white vinegar in your house you must have salt.

Here is a simple fruit and vegetable wash recipe using salt

1. Fill sink with water

2. Add 4 Tbsp of salt and 2 Tbsp of lemon juice (approximately half a lemon)

3. Soak your produce for 5 - 10 minutes, 2-3 minutes for leafy greens; and 1-2 minutes for berries.

4. Rinse well and let air dry.

Watch the video below for a quick demonstration from ArizonaAdventures.

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