Fresh fruits and vegetables are typically coated in wax, pesticides and bacteria, so it is important to properly clean them before eating, even those labeled organic. Making a homemade wash solution is easy on the pocketbook and better for the food than commercially prepared products. With a few simple ingredients you can keep your healthy food free of pesticides, bacteria and unwanted chemicals.
Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar. Either fill your clean sink or bowl with the mixture, or put the wash in a spray bottle. Spray hard or smooth-skinned fruits and vegetables with the vinegar spray. Rinse the wash off under cool, running water and pat the food dry. Alternatively, place your fruits and vegetables in the sink or bowl with the wash and gently swish them around. This method works for fruits or vegetables with dents or crevices, such as berries, lettuce or broccoli. Rinse your food with cool water and pat them dry.
Sprinkle baking soda on your hard or smooth-skinned fruits and vegetables. Gently scrub the baking soda over them with your clean fingers. Rinse it off under cool, running water and gently pat dry the fruit and vegetables with a clean paper towel.
Do not use a wash for mushrooms since they will absorb any moisture, including the vinegar flavor. Clean your mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Never store fruits and vegetables wet or damp; make sure they are dry before storing.
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