Let’s Keep It Clean: Homemade Fruit & Veggie Wash

fruits and veggies in veggie wash

Let’s Keep It Clean: Homemade Fruit & Veggie Wash

Let’s Keep It Clean Folks!

Fruits and veggies are healthy, right? Of course they are! However, they’d be even healthier if they were not covered in chemicals! Due to those pesky pests, farmers drown their crops in chemicals to keep those critters from devouring their fields. To avoid ingesting these chemicals, you could grow your own produce or buy organic if your budget allows.  If those options don’t work for you, do you best to clean as much of the pesticides, herbicides and fungicides off your produce as possible. You could buy the expensive store bought fruit and veggie wash or you can cheaply and simply make your own at home. Check out my DIY fruit and veggie wash and the 12 most polluted fruits and veggies plus 15 less polluted produce.


30% white vinegar to 70% water.

Add a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice to your veggie wash if you’d prefer to smell lemon instead of vinegar while cleaning your produce and also to increase the acidity which kills more bacteria.

The trick to cleaning your produce is letting it soak in this mix for a while. I know it’s tempting to spray, rinse and eat which is better than nothing but soaking your food in this mix for 5-10+ minutes and then rinsing in cool water will remove a whole lot more of the chemicals from your non-organic produce than a quick rinse would.
Keep in mind the produce that is known to have the most chemicals according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2016.

Here are the DIRTY DOZEN:

  1. strawberries
  2. apples
  3. nectarines
  4. peaches
  5. celery
  6. grapes
  7. cherries
  8. spinach
  9. tomatoes
  10. bell peppers
  11. cherry tomatoes
  12. cucumbers.

Wash these very well or buy organic if you can!

The CLEAN FIFTEEN are foods with less chemicals found on them:

  1. avocados,
  2. corn
  3. pineapples
  4. cabbage
  5. sweet peas
  6. onions
  7. asparagus
  8. mangoes
  9. papayas
  10. kiwi
  11. eggplant
  12. honeydew
  13. grapefruit
  14. cantaloupe
  15. cauliflower.

If your budget only allows for some organic purchases, these are 15 you can skip organic and just wash thoroughly to remove dirt, bacteria etc.
Don’t let these chemicals keep you from eating your fruits and veggies as they are mandatory for good health. But do consider organic or gardening or a really good wash!
Here’s to your health!


Jenny Harkleroad
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