Fresh produce should make up a large part of your healthy nutrition lifestyle. But you do want to be sure that your produce is as clean and free from contaminants as possible, before consuming. Ideally you want to grow or purchase organic produce. With organic produce, you could get away with a 20-30 second thorough cold water rinse and scrub before eating, however even with organic produce, a quick soak or spray with a homemade produce wash is recommended, as there are many hands touching and transferring your produce, and of course all these hands carry their own germs. And if your produce is not organic, you’ll want to be even more vigilant about cleaning and preparing them.
If your produce is not organic, it is best to remove the skin or peel of the fruit or vegetable, as this is where most of the chemical pesticides, insecticides and herbicides are located. Even though these chemicals can and do permeate past the peel or skin of fruits and vegetables, it is most concentrated here, and no amount of washing and soaking is going to completely remove this residue. However, you can make your own homemade produce wash, and by knowing how to wash and soak your produce using these homemade washes, you can eliminate a good deal of chemical, toxin and bacteria residue.
These homemade produce wash recipes work just as good, if not better than commercial produce washes, and you can make them a whole heck of a lot cheaper.
Homemade Produce Wash Recipes
The “Juice Man’s” Homemade Produce Wash Recipe
Put 4 Tablespoons of salt into a bowl or sink, filled with cold water. After the salt dissolves, add the juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon. (1-2 Tbsp lemon juice) Add your produce and soak for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool tap water, and be sure to towel dry greens, so they don’t go limp.
Dr. Mercola’s Produce Wash Recipe
Dr. Mercola recommends soaking your produce in a sink of cold water, with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide added to it for 10 minutes.
Home Recipe #1
In a clean spray bottle, add the following:
1 C cold water
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
To use, shake to mix before each use. Thoroughly spray your produce with your homemade wash spray, and let sit in a clean sink or bowl for 5 minutes or so. Rinse well with cool water.
Home Recipe #2
1-3 drops of Lugol’s iodine, in a sink or bowl filled with cold water. Soak for 5-10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Home Recipe #3
In a bowl or sink filled with cold water add:
1/4 C distilled white vinegar
2 Tablespoons salt
Soak for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Alternately, you can turn this into a spray mixture, by adding the 1/4 C vinegar and 2 Tbsp salt to 1 C cold water. Shake to mix before using. To use as a spray, saturate your produce with mixture and let sit for 5-10 minutes. As always, rinse thoroughly.
Home Recipe #4
In a spray bottle filled with cold water add:
EITHER 1/4 C white vinegar or lemon juice
Shake to mix before using. Spray on produce and let sit for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Home Recipe #5
In a bowl or sink filled with cold water, add 10-15 drops of grapefruit seed extract. Soak 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. To make as a spray, add 20-30 drops grapefruit seed extract to 32 oz water in a clean spray bottle. Shake to mix before using as a spray.
* Always avoid buying any produce that is brown, bruised, or with broken skin or peel.
* Never soak or spray mushrooms, as they are highly porous, and only need a wipe down with a wet paper towel, before using.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews