It’s that time of year! It’s time for fresh fruits and vegetables!! There is nothing better then biting into a fresh piece of fruit and enjoying the spring weather. I have been noticing a lot of sales that are going on in the produce section of the grocery stores. Most of the great prices are on the non-organic products instead of the organic, go figure. It can be expensive to eat all organic even though we know it is better for us. I try my best to follow the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and veggies to eat organic so I can save some money. But that doesn’t always work out. You can check out my post on How to Eat Healthy on a Budget and part 2 for more tips.
I have discovered an all natural fruit and vegetable wash recipe courtesy of the Dr. Oz website and I have been using it on all of my produce. This is a great option if you can’t afford to eat all organic. This wash consists of things that you probably already have in your pantry so it is very cost effective and a much better alternative to buying fruit and vegetable washes from the stores. This particular wash works to break down and wash off the pesticides.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1/2 lemon (I used a couple Tbs. of lemon juice)
Combine all ingredients in a large container. You might want to combine everything in the sink just in case the ingredients start to bubble up and spill out of the container. Transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce and let sit for 5 minutes. Scrub and rinse. I put my fruit in a colander and sprayed it so it would be easy to wash off and put the fruit into a clean container.
I noticed a lot of dirt at the bottom of my colander so I know that it got the strawberries very clean. They tasted very fresh and super yummy! Keep this recipe on hand throughout the next few months. I know that I will be using this weekly.