4 Green Ways to Wash Fruits and Vegetables


Spray bottle, bowl, colander and this green recipe are the best way to wash you r food before ingesting.

Spray bottle, bowl, colander and this green recipe are the best way to wash your food before ingesting.

Mix water, baking soda, and vinegar together in a spray bottle or bowl, depending on its intended use.  Get the dirt, bugs, fertilizers, feces and pesticides off your food before ingesting!

Recipe:

3 Cups filtered water

3 tablespoons white distilled or apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons baking soda

Spray or scrub fruits and vegietables before eating.

Spray or scrub fruits and vegetables before eating.

Dunk or scrub your items.  Swish vigorously or scrub. Rinse well.  Pat or air dry.

For a stronger recipe for green food washes use:

4 Cups filtered water

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon peel concentrate (recipe to follow)

2 teaspoons baking soda

4 drops grapefruit seed extract (available at most natural food markets)

Mix it all together until the baking soda has been completely dissolved.

Use as instructed above.

To make Lemon Peel Concentrate use:

4 organic lemons

1 cup vodka

Scrub the lemons with water and peel away the zest.  Chop the zest, avoiding  the pith, until it is fine and then place it all in a freshly washed jar with a lid and cover it with the vodka.   Cap the jar tightly and let it stand 2 weeks.  Strain before using.

Will last about 1 year if stored in a cool dark place.

Use 2 tablespoons per quart of filtered water.

OXYGEN WASH FOR PRODUCE:

3 cups filtered water

1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide

Mix it together and use it as described above.


Tips and Tricks:

  • If you wash  your food in a colander contained inside a large pot or bowl, you can simply lift it out and rinse/drain the food after washing.
  • Using the colander will allow multiple uses of the washing mixture.

Source:Easy Green Living, by Renee Loux.

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