I make no bones about being a germ phoebe. And I understand that some people think I’m a little paranoid. Fine. But if you think about the stuff that we put directly into our mouthes – don’t you want it to be clean?
I’m not crazy with that, right?
So today I have a special guest post written on behalf of SW2 CarpetCleaner.
Even Organic Fruits and Vegetables need to be Washed
No matter if the produce you buy or manufacture is organic or not, it still may contain tiny bugs, bacteria, parasites, pesticides and toxic residue. Besides that, many hands have touched your veggies and fruits in the process of getting to you, which means they certainly became dirty. Here you can learn some methods for creating an organic produce cleaner, which involves natural substances like vinegar and distilled water, without the use of any toxic products.
How to Wash Your Fruits and Vegetables
To make an easy and inexpensive DIY organic produce cleaner you will need:
- some apple cider vinegar,
- filtered water,
- a bowl
- and the vegetable or fruit produce you want to clean.
The ratio is one tablespoon of apple cider dissolved in one cup of filtered water. This can be done in a deep bowl.
Put the produce in the bowl with this cleaning solution and let it soak for five minutes.
You can stir and poke the produce repeatedly to help the vinegar work better.
After five minutes you should remove the veggies or fruits from the bowl with cleaning solution and rinse them very well.
Note: If you clean soft fruits like berries and peaches, allow them to dry on air on a soft towel after rinsing. Harder vegetables and fruits can be dried by hand with a towel. This solution will disinfect your produce, removing small bugs and bacteria, which will drop on the bottom of the bowl.
Apple cider vinegar is used successfully as a cleaning product, due to the fact that it contains malic acid. This acid is very resistant to different bacteria, viruses and fungus. Left in the bowl with distilled water, it dissociates all bacteria, bugs and fungus from the fruits and vegetables, leaving them protected from further contamination. This vinegar is made of apples, which are left to ferment for a certain time and is a very healthy product.
When cleaning your organic produce, very important part of the soaking process is stirring and poking the veggies and fruits at least once or twice. Soak the quantity of organic produce you are planning to eat in the following few days and no more. You will prefer to each fresh vegetables and fruits, so don’t clean them too early before consumption, otherwise they may spoil.
Guide to Washing Softer Fruit
When you scrub softer fruits like strawberries use a bristle brush (aff. link), designated especially for washing fruits and vegetables. Cover all nooks and gaps when scrubbing the organic produce you clean, because pesticides and parasites can hide all over the surface of the fruits and vegetables.
- You should clean every fruit and vegetable you plant to eat or cook. It is very possible that you cross contaminate your fruit or vegetable from the knife and cutting board you use. So make sure your cutting board and knife are clean before using them.
- You can clean large quantities of organic produce directly in the sink in the explained above method with apple vinegar by stirring.
- You can also use a sprayer with a bottle, filled with the solution of vinegar and filtered water. Spray the veggies and fruits with the vinegar solution and let them stay for five minutes before you rinse them.
- Now that you have cleaned your organic produce you need to wipe it till it’s dry. Then you can store it in the fridge.
Using such ordinary and cheap products like apple cider vinegar and filtered water, you can make your veggies and fruits cleansed and ready for consumption, stored in your fridge. The method is simple, effective and it takes very little time. Once you get used to cleaning your organic produce this way, you will see that it isn’t a tedious activity. It definitely will result in disinfected and thoroughly cleaned fruits and vegetables. This organic produce cleaner is universal and can be used for both soaking and spraying your produce.