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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Natural Produce Wash



Natural Produce Wash
 


This is nice to have on hand to help remove pesticides, herbicides, bacteria, wax, etc., from your produce. Even "organic" produce can have E coli and other bacteria on them.  Instead of buying a produce wash, just mix up what you probably already have in your pantry.  Even Dr. Oz uses this first recipe (with 1/2 a squeezed lemon).  Some call for 3/4 cup vinegar, so just use the amount you like best.  It doesn't have to be refrigerated.  I bought a couple of extra spray bottles in the travel/trial size aisle at the store. 
 
1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. baking soda
 
If you don't have vinegar you can use this:
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. baking soda
 
Just spray the produce, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse.
It's said you shouldn't use it on mushrooms as they absorb too much water. 
 
If you want to soak produce that is very dirty or that may have bugs:
1/4 cup vinegar
2 Tbsp. salt 
Soak for about 30 minutes and then rinse.
 
Tidbit - I read a tip somewhere that, to make berries last longer, you can spray them with one part vinegar and 10 parts water as the vinegar will kill mold and bacteria that make them go bad quickly.  

Please feel free to leave a comment or suggestion below.  :)

2 comments:

  1. don't the vinegar and baking soda foam up?

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  2. They do a little and then go down. You can add the water slow if there isn't much room in the bottle. :)

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