Using clean, fresh water works quite well when washing your fruits and vegetables. Some use a scrub brush and that works well also, and others use a diluted vinegar rinse. After seeing a water/vinegar solution in action at my friends home, I thought I’d look into it.
So does a vinegar rinse work? Yes. Actually, according to studies, a diluted vinegar rinse removes 98 percent of bacteria, more than just rinsing with water and/or using a scrub brush.
Make your own vinegar and water rinse:
- Mix 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Spray on fruits and veggies to get rid of pesticide residue.
- Rinse with water after spraying.
For larger produce, do a two-minute soak in a large bowl or in your sink. Add 1/8 to 1/2 cup of vinegar, depending on the size of the bowl, and then rinse the produce with water.
My friend placed her produce in a bowl, set the bowl in the sink, sprayed everything in the bowl with the vinegar/water solution, and then rinsed the produce with water.
After washing your produce, make sure you properly store it so as to maximize it’s shelf life. I hope to do a post on this soon as it is something I’ve always wanted to learn as well!
- How to Clean Fruits & Vegetables with Vinegar (Live Strong) | Food, Preparing *This is my favorite source of the following list
- Wash Your Fruits & Veggies With Vinegar (Good Green Habits) | Food, Preparing
- Should I Wash Fresh Fruit in Vinegar? (Best Food Facts) | Food, Preparing
- What Does it Take to Clean Fresh Food? (NPR) | Food, Preparing
- Give Your Product a Vinegar Bath (Prep Dish) | Food Preparing