1. FILL A LARGE BOWL WITH 4 PARTS WATER TO 1 PART PLAIN WHITE VINEGAR.
2. SOAK THE FRUIT OR VEGETABLES YOU’D LIKE TO CLEAN IN THE MIXTURE FOR 20 MINUTES.
3. RINSE THE FRUIT OR VEGETABLES WELL WITH WATER.
Studies have shown that washing your produce can reduce the pesticide residue, but won’t eliminate all pesticides. I feel better just knowing that I am removing as many pesticides as I can by using this natural vinegar wash. Another benefit of using a natural vinegar wash is that you are also removing bacteria from the produce.
Some sources indicated that using this natural vinegar wash would not work well for porous berries such as strawberries. I tried it with strawberries and it worked beautifully. I was worried that they would taste like vinegar, but you couldn’t even taste a hint of vinegar from the natural vinegar wash. Win!
I will still choose organic produce as much as possible, especially when I’m buying produce from the Dirty Dozen list. This natural vinegar wash is a great solution, however, when buying organic produce isn’t possible. Even if you have organic produce, this method of cleaning your produce is great since even organic farmers use (natural) pesticides and you get the added benefit of removing bacteria that could make you sick. Give this natural vinegar wash a try! It’s easy and a great way to wash your produce.