Natural Ways to Clean your Vegetables
It’s so important these days to Clean your Fresh Produce. Germs and Bacteria can gather on Veggies at the grocery store, not to mention the Chemicals, Wax and Pesticides that have been sprayed on the produce before it even gets there. Some Fruits and Veggies have traveled for thousands of miles before hitting the grocery store shelves.
Buying Organic Produce can break the grocery budget and even Organic isn’t perfect. I recently found a snail in my Triple Washed Organic Spinach (which happens to be my inspiration for writing this post!)
Here’s what made their 2020 list:
EWG DIRTY DOZEN 2020
Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, Nectarines, Apples, Blueberries, Peaches, Cherries, Pears, Tomatoes, Celery and Potatoes. They also added Hot Peppers to this year’s list.
Here’s their CLEAN 15 list for 2020:
Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Onions, Papaya, Frozen Sweet Peas, Eggplant, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Cantaloupe, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Honeydew Melon and Kiwi.
Some of my favorite veggies for Juicing like Celery, Apples, Spinach and Kale are on the Dirty Dozen list. I try to buy them Organic when possible otherwise I use my own Homemade DIY Veggie Wash.
You can scrub some of the Pesticides, Chemicals and Wax off Non Organic Produce using Simple, Non Toxic and Environmentally Friendly ingredients.
There are lots of different ways to clean your veggies – everything from using Household Bleach, to Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt Water and regular Distilled Water.
Here’s my 3 favorite (and affordable) Natural Ways to Clean your Vegetables:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Put 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar into a sink of cold water. Let the veggies sit for 15 minutes. Give them a scrub with a veggie brush (you can buy an inexpensive brush at any dollar store – save it for veggie scrubbing only).
2. Lemon Juice
Squeeze the Juice of 1 or 2 Lemons into a bowl of cold water. Add the Veggies and let them sit for 15 minutes, then scrub them clean, and rinse with cold water.
3. Pure Castile Soap
Put 1/4 tsp of Castile Soap into a bowl of cold water – let the veggies sit for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse with cold water.
Time Saving Tip: Wash all of your veggies after buying them, dry them in a salad spinner, then store them in a cloth bag in the fridge or freezer. This also makes Juicing really quick because your veggies are already prepared and ready to be Juiced.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Do you buy Organic or Regular Produce? How do you wash your Veggies? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.
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