Cleaning Fruits & Vegetables

Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to remove pesticides, germs, and bacteria by using inexpensive ingredients found right in your kitchen cupboard. All you need to do is concoct a mixture of water, vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice and wash-vegetables2then use it as a spray, rinse or soak.

This recipe is especially important to use on herbs, vegetables and fruits that sit directly on top of soil or beneath soil to grow (rather than those that hang from branches or in bushes), like basil, carrots, potatoes, watermelons, carrots and squash.

It’s also really  important to wash all fruits and vegetables that have peels, even if you don’t plan to eat the peel. That’s because the knife can transfer pesticides, germs and bacteria that are located on the outside of your fruit or vegetable into the edible parts of the item.

Green Tips  for Cleaning Fruits and Veggies

  1. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup white vinegar or cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon baking soda
    • 2 tablespoons lemon
  2. Spray the mixture on fruits and vegetables.
  3. Allow the mixture to sit for about five minutes
  4. Rinse it off with water.
  5. Give items a final visual inspection.

Additional info:

“You may think that organic fruits and vegetables don’t need to be cleaned and inspected like conventionally grown produce, since they aren’t covered in pesticides.  However, you should always carefully clean and inspect all fruits and vegetables since there is a good chance other things besides pesticides and chemicals are lurking on their surface.

Although organic vegetables and fruit aren’t grown with pesticides or chemicals, they can be cultivated with natural soil enhancers and fertilizers such as manure, bone meal, and worm castings. Plus, before you buy fruits and vegetables in stores, they could have been handled by farming staff, farming equipment, market employees and other shoppers. Hopefully, the equipment and hands were clean, but you just never know.

So, whether you buy vegetables and fruits that are conventionally grown (using pesticides), organically grown (without chemicals or pesticides), or whether you grow your own, you should always inspect and clean everything thoroughly before eating or cooking.”



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