Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

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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
  • Water
  • A spray bottle

What You Do:

For Hard-skinned Fruits and Vegetables:

(apples, pears, potatoes, carrots, etc.)

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:

(berries, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, etc.)

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 the vinegar kills bacteria, and helps to dissolve the wax, pesticide and fertilizer residues found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables. It'll also rid just-picked produce of any bugs that may be hanging on. Sure beats finding a slug or cabbage worm in your salad!

Benefits of Making Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash

  • cheaper than store-bought washes
  • cleans more effectively than water alone
  • all-natural

Tips and Warnings

1) Use a scrub brush to work the solution into the skin of hard-skinned fruits and veggies.

2) Store your fruit and vegetable wash out of the reach of children. It isn't toxic, but it sure wouldn't taste good. And it's just best to teach kids to leave all cleaners alone.

3) Always label the contents of your spray bottles, so everyone in your household knows what they are, and there aren't any mix ups.

Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh Longer

Don't wash fruits and vegetables until you're ready to use them. Adding moisture, in the form of veggie wash, or even plain water, will cause them to go bad sooner.

If the produce you bring home from the store seems to go bad before you think it should, it could be the way you're storing it. Different fruits and vegetables require different storage conditions. Some like dark, dry environments, while others prefer sun and humidity. Learn what each fruit or vegetable prefers, and you'll be well on your way to less food waste. Here's where to look for more information:

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