Fruit & Veggie Wash
By: Daphne Oz, The Chew
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
½ a lemon
spray bottles (1 large, 1 small)
*recipe can be doubled, even tripled depending on the size of your large spray bottle
- Combine everything but the baking soda in the large spray bottle or other pourable container. Shake and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
- When you’re ready to spray your newly bought non-organic fruit** (i.e. tomatoes, apples grapes, peaches, peppers, cucumbers, and nectarines, add the baking soda to your liquid. Don’t panic. This will cause a chemical reaction – the mixture will erupt a little. Spray your produce generously and allow for the wash to sit on your produce in a strainer for a bit (5 min). I will massage the wash into the produce right before rinsing.
- Rinse thoroughly with cool water and store your fruit as usual.
**for produce with sensitive skin like berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries), you don’t want to do this in advance of eating as it will rot when you add any moisture to it. Berries should stay dry until ready to eat. When I am ready to use mine, I usually pour a small amount of the pre-baking soda liquid wash in a smaller spray bottle, then add baking soda for a single use. I also avoid massaging it into the fruit as it may make it break apart.