As you probably know, non organic produce has residues of nasty chemicals and pesticides. Although there are things you just can’t wash off, like the remains of fruit ripening chemicals, you should wash your produce before consuming. Fruit and vegetable wash is available for sale at many stores, but you can also make your own! It is super easy and probably just as effective. It can be cheaper, since you probably have all you need at home.
Here is what you need:
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (from an actual lemon not a bottle)
2 tablespoons of vinegar (distilled white is fine)
1 cup of water
Mix all ingredients in spray bottle and you are done. You can use this directly on fruits and vegetables. Rub it in and rinse. I use a soft scrub brush to work the solution on the skin but it is not necessary.
For softer skinned fruits and vegetables (like leafy greens or strawberries) you can use the same recipe, just trow it all in a bowl. Swish it around for a few, then rinse. Be careful thou with raspberries and very delicate fruits since they can absorb some of the vinegar. I would just buy those organic or wash very briefly and rinse with plain water.
For a big batch you can use your sink (I like to do all my apples and citrus at once). As a general guideline (depends on the size of your sink) fill halfway with water and add about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Soak the produce for a couple of minutes and rinse.
Easy, affordable and all natural! It is a great alternative to help keep some of those chemicals outside your body