Whether you buy organic fruit and vegetables or not, it’s good practice to get in the habit of washing your produce. Cleaning off residue, dirt, sand and other ickies can make your meals as healthy as possible. The FDA recommends washing fruit and vegetables before eating them to reduce surface bacteria and prevent food borne illnesses. I read an article once that quoted the FDA saying they do NOT recommend using vegetable washes to clean produce but if you look closer at their statement, they actually say,
“Washing fruits and vegetables with soap, detergent, or commercial produce wash is not recommended.”
Although they don’t give a reason why, my thinking is along the lines of “It’s overkill” and it may do more harm to you than good. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use a home remedy to wash our produce and remove bacteria and residue.
Make Your Own Fruit & Veggie Washes
To make a spray:
- 1 cup of cold fresh water
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine in a spray bottle, shake and spray. Let sit for 20-30 min.
To make a soak:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
Combine equal parts in a clean bowl or basin and let your produce soak for 30-60 min. Rinse and dry before putting in the fridge or eating.
If you’re not a “Make It Yourself” kind of person, I’d look to a natural brand that isn’t loaded with chemicals and detergents. Better Life makes a safer Produce Wash that I really like and have used before. (If you shop through my link you can get 30% off your first purchase. Not required of course but always appreciated.*)
*Note: I do not endorse ANY company or product I do not find meets my standards of SafeMama Safety.