We can all guess that it is important to wash our fresh produce before consuming it. Even if you are not worried about pesticides, the handling of the fruit by who knows how many different people before it hits your mouth is reason enough. I have 2 healthy habitudes for you to try to keep things clean! And of course they are quick and easy or I would not be doing them myself!
1. I am a big fan of Norwex.
You may remember me mentioning this all natural Swiss company. Norwex has a fruit and veggies cloth that I keep out on my counter. After wetting the cloth, simply wipe down the produce. It removes all of the wax and residue. I love that if I scrub the veggies with the rough side of the cloth peeling is never required!
2. Homemade produce cleaning spray and soak.
I have purchased products like this in the past, but most recently decided to make my own. So much of the dirt comes off! The best part is, it’s all natural and very inexpensive to make! Even if you are planting a garden this year, this will come in handy to rinse the dirt and critters off!
- •1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- •1 tablespoon baking soda
- •1 cup water
- Put all ingredients into a Spray Bottle. You might want to do it over a sink because it will foam up a little.
- Shake gently to mix,
- Spray on veggies or fruit allow to sit for about 2-5 minutes.
- Rinse under cold water.
- •1/4 cup vinegar
- •2 tablespoons salt
- Fill a clean sink or a large bowl with cold water.
- Add in vinegar and salt, then swish around with hands (you can also do this in a large bowl).
- Place the fruit and/or veggies in and allow to sit for 25-30 minutes. This will not effect the flavor at all, the vinegar cleans and the salt draws out any little bugs, dirt and other small unwanted things, it also will remove some of the wax.
When vegetables are grown in the ground, such as potatoes, they are at increased risk for coming in contact with contaminants that can commonly live in the soil. Vegetables also can become contaminated in their various production phases before arriving at your local grocery store. From preparation to storage time, there are opportunities for contaminants, especially bacteria, to live on your vegetables. However, because the kinds of pesticides used are strictly monitored, as well as the amount of pesticide residue left on fruits and vegetables, the risk of getting ill from pesticides on produce is low, reports the California Department of Pesticide Regulation — especially if you wash your produce before eating. –livestrong.com
Learn more about what organic really means by checking out www.organic.org. If that isn’t within your budget, know a few of the foods that may contain the most pesticides and go from there.
Let me know what you are using to clean your produce!