A homemade fruit and vegetable wash isn’t just easy 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 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 it, you touch the peel, which could have all sorts of 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.
Three Homemade Fruit And Vegetable Wash Recipes
Produce Wash #1: Fill a clean sink with equal parts water and white vinegar. Soak produce for 2 minutes, scrubbing hard-skinned items with a brush and soft-skinned items with a cloth. Rinse.
Produce Wash #2: (Not for leafy greens!) 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 and rinse clean.
Produce Wash #3: Fill a sink with clean water, add 1/2 cup white vinegar and 3 tbsp. salt. Swirl. Soak produce for 15-20 minutes. Rinse.
Bonus tip: The Produce Wash #1 is excellent at extending the life of berries and leafy greens since it kills the mold spores that lead to spoilage and rusting. Just be sure to pat dry the items, or run them through a salad spinner (15 seconds for berries, a couple of minutes for greens) before storing in the fridge with a paper towel to absorb additional moisture.
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