As a follow-up to the post about organic and non-organic produce, if you can't buy organic fruits and vegetables, here is a recipe for a fruit and veggie wash that is both cheap and easy to make and will help ensure your produce are ready to eat.
This recipe is from author Sophie Uliano's book, Gorgeously Green, and was featured in April 2008 on Oprah's Earth Day Show.
- 1cup water
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 20 drops grapefruit seed extract (GSE)*
- There will be a foaming reaction when the baking soda is added to the vinegar (recall grade one volcano projects) so be sure to use a large container.
- Combine water, vinegar and grape fruit seed extract. Slowly add baking soda.
- Transfer to a spray bottle with a pump.
- Clean veggies just prior to consuming.
- For Firm produce: Apples, pears, tomatoes, etc. Spray on, rub over entire surface, wait 30 seconds and rinse with cold water. Rinse well.
- For soft produce: Lettuce, grapes, berries, broccoli, etc clean by soaking. Place produce in bowl, spray entire surface of produce, wait 30 seconds then fill bowl with water. Soak for 30 more seconds with gentle agitation. Rinse well.
*Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is available at your local health food store. The brand that is available at my local health food store and that I recommend to patients is " The Original GSE Liquid Concentrate" by Nutribiotic (no affiliation).
If you prefer to purchase your fruit and veggie wash Nature Clean has an All Natural Fruit & Veggie Spray Wash that is widely available.