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Whip Up Your Own Organic Fruit & Vegetable Wash - Easy, Effective, and Eco-Friendly!

Welcome to the world of DIY natural cleaning! Today, we're focusing on something we all do regularly - washing our fruits and vegetables. With concerns about pesticides, bacteria, and dirt, a good wash is essential. But why resort to store-bought washes when you can make an effective, organic, and budget-friendly version at home? Let's dive into the how-to!

1. Simple Soaking Method:


  • Water (fill your sink)
  • 1 cup of vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • A couple tablespoons of salt


  1. Fill your sink with water and stir in the vinegar and salt.
  2. Place your fruits and vegetables in a colander and submerge them in the water mixture.
  3. Let them soak for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy your clean produce!

2. Homemade Spray Wash:


  • 2 cups purified water
  • 1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle (watch out for the fizz!).
  2. Gently shake to mix.
  3. Spray liberally on hard-skinned produce.
  4. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes.
  5. If applicable, gently scrub with a produce-only brush.
  6. Rinse well and savor the freshness!

Storage Tip: Store your homemade wash in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. For smaller batches, simply halve the recipe.

Why This DIY Wash Works Wonders:

  • Vinegar: This wonder ingredient contains acetic acid, which is excellent for cleaning and killing bacteria. Plus, it helps dissolve wax and pesticide residues.
  • Salt: A natural extractor, salt draws out tiny bugs, dirt, and other undesirables. It also helps in removing wax.

Customization Is Key: Feel free to tweak the ingredient ratios to suit your preferences. Whether you're using the soaking method for soft-skinned produce or the spray for harder skins, these DIY washes are adaptable and effective.

The Takeaway: Embrace this easy, eco-friendly solution to clean your fruits and veggies. Not only does it assure you of the cleanliness of your produce, but it's also a step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Happy washing and healthy eating!

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