In an ideal world we wouldn’t have to worry about chemicals on our fruits and veggies. We would all be gardeners or organic food would be priced differently or some chemical-free way to keep produce fresh would be discovered. But this isn’t an ideal world, and so called food-grade waxes and harsh pesticides coat the majority of produce the majority of people buy. Unfortunately, a quick rinse in water won’t get rid of the waxy coating or the pesticides.
If the pesticides were water soluble, farmers would have to apply them after every single rain or dewy morning, which is both expensive and labor intensive. Dish soap is one way to get rid of the nasty stuff, but I prefer an even more natural route-vinegar! It doesn’t make your fruit or vegetables taste like vinegar, I promise.
You will need…
-1 cup of water
-1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar
-A decent sized bowl
Mix together the water and vinegar and submerge fruit or veggies. Swish and scrub for at least thirty seconds. Run under cool running water for another 15-30 seconds, and enjoy!
Your now not-waxy produce will have a healthy glow (not an unnatural shine) and will offer up a whole new level of produce enjoyment.
It will feel different too so don’t be ashamed, just feel the fruit, nobody is judging! Keep in mind this might shorten the shelf life of the produce, so rinse just before eating.
By Claire GoodallClaire is a lover of life, the natural world, and wild blueberries. On the weekend you can find her fiddling in the garden, playing with her dogs, and enjoying the great outdoors with her horse. Claire is very open-minded, ask her anything 🙂 Meet Claire
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