Lately, I’ve noticed more ads for fruit and vegetable washes to get rid of nasties like pesticides and fungicides. I wash produce thoroughly when I get it home from the supermarket (I don’t live out of my garden alone). And while I’ve generally been satisfied by this, it may be a good idea to step it up. But, I’m not prepared to buy expensive sprays to do it. Lifehacker, and Re-Nest step in to provide more info for the clean and frugally-minded:
A produce wash has just enough kick to it to more effectively cleanse the surface of the fruit and wash away contamination.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 20 drops grapefruit seed extract (available at your local health food store or you can substitute lemon juice in a pinch)
- Combine all ingredients and transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce (avoid using on mushrooms), let sit 5 to 10 minutes and rinse.