Make Your Own Vegetable Wash

by Fern on July 25, 2008

in Frugal Container Gardening,Fruits & Vegetables,How To,Recipe

This is the time of year that you probably have tons of vegetables, which means you’re doing a lot of vegetable cleaning. Do you know what the primary ingredient in all of those expensive commercial vegetable and fruit washes is? I’ll give you a hint, it is common natural cleaning agent and it is also used to make salad dressing.

Did you guess vinegar? Man you’re smart! So, at this point, I hope you’re asking yourself, “Why do I pay a bunch of money for something that I could easily make at home?” Good question. You shouldn’t!

Here’s how you can make your own vegetable wash. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt and put it in a spray bottle. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the mixture and then scrub gently with a brush you use just for produce. Then rinse with water.

For fruits with soft skins or nooks and crannies where dirt, bugs and pesticides can hide (artichokes, broccoli, etc) fill a bowl the the mixture described above and let the vegetables soak for a few minutes. Then rinse with water. Just don’t soak mushrooms because they absorb liquids when soaking.

Now you can wash your vegetables and eat them with one of my dip recipes.

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