A homemade fruit and vegetable wash costs just pennies to make. It’s also an important step in food safety! Washing fruits and vegetables isn’t just about removing obvious dirt. Produce often harbors bacteria, bugs and their eggs, and other substances not readily visible to the naked eye. (Hey, did you see that lady squeezing the tomatoes? The one who’d just wiped her nose? Yeah. Ugh.)
Even melons should be washed when you bring them home, unless you fancy the thought of dragging any pesticides and bacteria through your fruit as you slice it. Produce that you peel, like bananas, don’t even get a pass. Think about all the times you grabbed a banana then touched other food without thinking about all the nasty things on it.
So how do you wash produce? Well, you could buy some of that expensive spray at the grocery store — or you can make your own produce wash from one of these homemade mixes below.
Homemade Fruit And Vegetable Wash Recipes
For soft-skinned fruits and vegetables: Fill a clean sink with equal parts water and white vinegar. Soak produce for 2 minutes, scrubbing hard-skinned items with a soft bristled brush and soft-skinned items with a cloth. Rinse.
For hard-skinned fruits and vegetables: Fill a clean sink with water and add 2 tbsp. baking soda, along with a few squirts of your favorite dish-washing detergent. Swirl well. Soak produce, then scrub or wipe with a cloth and rinse clean.
For leafy greens and produce without skins: Fill a sink with clean water, add 1/2 cup white vinegar and 3 tbsp. salt. Swirl. Soak produce for 15-20 minutes. Rinse then use a salad spinner to dry them well.
Once you’ve washed and thoroughly dried your purchases, be sure to store produce properly to keep it fresh.
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