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Do You Need To Wash Organic Fruits and Vegetables?

washing organic vegetables

Regardless of whether you buy organic, you need to wash your fruits and vegetables to avoid nasty bacteria like Listeria, Salmonella and E. Coli. You never know where the many hands that have handled your food have been previously; some reports say up to as many as 20 people!

While soap and water go a long way toward removing germs from our hands, I’d rather ensure what is going in my body is super cleansed. 

Making Your own Produce Wash

The produce wash sold in the grocery is expensive, so why not make your own? Clean your produce with this Earth friendly recipe!

In a bowl, mix the ingredients below. You may transfer to a spray bottle after the fizzing subsides:

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • 1 Cup Filtered Water
  • 3/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda

Lemon Juice is an excellent degreaser; it works well to remove the waxy substance on fruit. Lemon juice and vinegar are proven antibacterial agents due to their high levels of acidity. Grapefruit Seed Extract is a liquid taken from the pulp, seeds and membranes of the grapefruit. It is believed to have antibacterial properties.

You may choose to double or triple the batch if you have a large volume of produce that you would prefer to soak. I keep my spray in the refrigerator to ensure it stays close at hand. You can wash any fruit and veggies you would like in this wash with the exception of mushrooms. Keep a separate small brush for potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables. I wash lettuce and greens as I use them to avoid losing valuable nutrients in storage.

Even making one small change can have a big impact on your family! You will recycle fewer plastic bottles of grocery store cleaner, and you will know exactly what you are using to wash your fruits and veggies.

Pass it along to others with a great eco-minded gift perfect for housewarming, teachers or anyone you know trying to live a little more green! 

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