Even if you buy organic, it's a good idea to wash your produce before you consume it to rid it of germs or residue. While water works, a wash can help you use less water; they're also effective at forcing out any bugs. Here are two fruit and vegetable washes that you can make at home that will be cheaper than any of those products you can buy...
- 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.
(Image: Flickr member BinaryApe, licensed for use under Creative Commons. Originally published 2009-08-12)