Science behind the spray / wash
While water and a scrub brush will do good job of removing surface dirt and some bacteria, a Veggie/ Fruit spray can provide some extra insurance by removing more than just dirt . Pesticides are oil based and not water soluble ( meaning water alone will not remove them ) The ingredients used in Veggie/ Fruit sprays help clean and remove pesticide and wax by loosening and emulsifying the residue so it can be rinsed off easily.
Advantages of making your own homemade Veggie/ Fruit wash.
CHEAPER by the dozen – will cost only a couple of cents while an average bottle of Veggie/Fruit spray costs close to $4.00.
USE liberally – since it costs so little.
ALL natural – nice to know what you’re spraying on your produce.
Home made Veggie/ Fruit spray
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs baking soda
1 cup water
Store in a labelled spray bottle .
Spray the produce, leave for 2 minutes, scrub , rinse and pat dry.
Home made Veggie/ Fruit Wash
1 cup vinegar
3 tbs salt
3-4 cups water
Soak veggies or fruit in a basin or in a clean sink filled with Veggie/Fruit wash for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry.
To “Spray” or “Soak”
For soft or high surface produce like strawberries, lettuce, broccoli etc use the wash or soak method.
For hard surface produce like apples, pears, potatoes use the spray. – spray , rub and rinse.
Be Safe !! Wash your produce and enjoy them !!