DIY Produce Wash
Here’s another DIY cleaning product to save money! Produce wash. Not completely necessary, but it does give you a sense of comfort knowing you at least tried to remove some pesticides, fungus, or bacteria hiding on the surface. Manufacturers know this, and that’s why it can easily cost $5-10 per bottle. You can make your own for less than $1. From the best available literature available at this time, rinsing produce with water for 20-30 seconds is an effective way to clean it. However, there are additions that can make it even more effective–like vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, and a tiny bit of soap (1%). I do not use this on leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach. I only use water on those. But, for apples, oranges, melons, carrots, just about everything else, I spray them with a produce wash.
The last one I bought was Biokleen. I like their products, the natural formulations, etc. But, I just didn’t think produce wash should be that expensive, and I definitely didn’t like the price tag. I’m very happy with this final product, and by soaking orange peels in the vinegar for a few days, you get the extra benefit of natural citrus extracts.
And, why is grapefruit seed extract in this recipe? Because it is a strong antimicrobial, even backed by science. Make sure you buy one from a reputable company–look in the ingredients and make sure it is only grapefruit seed extract and glycerin.
THE RECIPE: DIY Produce Wash
Makes 16 ounces
2 cups white vinegar
2 orange rinds (just leftover peels from lunch)
2 cups water
20 drops grapefruit seed extract
1 tsp environmentally friendly dish soap
1. After eating 2 oranges, place the peels in a jar with 2 cups of white vinegar. Allow it to steep for a few days, up to 2 weeks. Strain when ready to use.
2. Add citrus vinegar, water, grapefruit seed extract, and soap to a spray bottle. Shake to mix and it’s ready to use.
3. Spray onto fruit and allow to sit for around 30 seconds. Rub fruit under water, rinse well, and dry before eating.
You can use any kind of citrus you have, like lemons or limes.