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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Make your own Produce Wash

You never know what kind of pesticides, insects or dirt may be lurking on the surface of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

 That's why it's always a good idea to thoroughly wash all your produce before eating it. Although washing with plain water can accomplish a lot, adding some natural sources of acid (namely lemon and vinegar) to the wash can provide a bit of additional, natural disinfecting power. Follow these easy steps to make a fruit and vegetable wash that is both inexpensive and completely organic.

Prepare the organic lemon. You can use a normal lemon, which would be slightly cheaper, but the wash couldn't be called "organic", just "natural". Regardless, both kinds of lemons will be fine for the task.

Slice the lemon in half.

Squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into the spray bottle. The lemon juice is both a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice.

Pour 2 tablespoons of vinegar into the spray bottle along with one cup of water. The vinegar provides some additional disinfectant power.

Screw on the top. Shake the mixture vigorously.

Spray the wash on all of your fruits and vegetables prior to using them. After each spray, rinse it off. They're now ready to eat or use in cooking.

Label your organic fruit and vegetable wash bottle for future use.
Although it's not much of a worry in this case, since you will be using very small amounts and rising it off, you might still want to choose a spray bottle that does not contain phthalates or bisphenol: Plastics with recycling numbers 1 and 2 are good choices, and number 4 or 5 should be okay, too.

Things You'll Need

1 organic lemon
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 spray bottle
1 cup water

rinse produce for 30 secs in water, then spray with this mixture leave on 5 mins and rinse again
Produce Wash
1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon baking soda
20 drops grapefruit seed extract (available at Whole Foods or your local health food store or you can substitute lemon juice in a pinch)

Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce (avoid using on mushrooms), let sit 5 to 10 minutes and rinse.
Alternative (good for berries, beans and smaller produce)
Large bowl or sink of cool water
4 tablespoons salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon.

Combine water and salt. When salt has dissolved, add lemon juice. Soak produce for 10 minutes and rinse
Want to use a fruit and vegetable wash, but scared off by the price? Here's how to make your own at a fraction of the price:
What You Need:
•White vinegar
•A spray bottle

What You Do:

For Hard-skinned Fruits and Vegetables:

1. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water.

2. Then, spray the solution onto your fruits and vegetables; rub it in; and rinse.

For Soft-skinned Fruits and Vegetables:

1. Fill a bowl with equal parts white vinegar and water.

2. Then, soak your fruits and vegetables in the solution for a minute or two, and rinse.

Why This Works
The acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria and helps to dissolve the wax and pesticide residues found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables.
Benefits of Making Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash
•cheaper than store-bought washes
•cleans more effectively than water alone

Tips and Warnings

1) Use a scrub brush to work the solution into the skin

2) Store your fruit and vegetable wash out of the reach of children

3) Always label the contents of your spray bottles

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