Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Being a vegetarian family calls for buying a lot of fruits and vegetables (F&Vs). When I say a lot, I mean, A LOT. I go to the grocery store and/or fruit market at least twice a week to restock our fridge with our favorites. I love that my family loves F&Vs, so I want to make sure we (the kiddies too) can eat them as much as we want, which means having washed, prepped and ready to go edibles. To help with the cleaning process, I looked to getting ready-made F&V wash from the store, but was hit with sticker shock — $7.00 for a small bottle of F&V cleaner? Ummm… no thanks. I figured it couldn’t be that hard to make the stuff, so I’m sure you guys know my very next step. That’s right — it visited trusty ole’ Pinterest.

Pinterest offered lots of different recipes, but many involved combinations of so many different ingredients that it made my head spin. So after reviewing several different recipes, I came up with the simplest and readily available (meaning already in the house) combination for my F&V wash — water and apple cider vinegar.

Here’s my 6 step process for cleaning my F&Vs:

  1. Fill your sink or a large container with fresh, cool water.
  2. Add about 1 cup of vinegar (more or less depending on the amount of water).
  3. Add F&Vs and let soak for about 5 minutes.
  4. Scrub your F&Vs with a clean cloth.
  5. Drain water and rinse F&Vs in cold water for about 30-45 seconds.
  6. Enjoy!

Another tidbit: Cut up and store your F&Vs immediately following washing them. This will save you so much time in the long run.

Have you made your own homemade F&V wash? Share your recipe with me!

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