Homemade Produce Wash?

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Does anyone have a recipe for washing the pesticides off of produce? My mother has auto immune disease and is on a limited budget and would like to make her own.


I'd like a recipe that mimics the kind you can already purchase in grocery stores and health food stores since her immune system is so compromised. Thanks.

Smoochie from Houston, TX

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April 30, 20080 found this helpful

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By J (Guest Post)
April 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have used Baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide all mixed with water.

Baking Soda:
Fill the sink a qtr of the way with tepid water add some baking soda directly to the veggies or fruit. Rub around with a little of the water...and then rinse in the sink. Dry thoroughly before storing.


(You also can clean the sink and freshen the drain when done -- the baking soda and water is great for stainless and porcelain sinks. Rinse well after.)

Again fill the sink a qtr. of the way up add a few cups of vinegar(apple or white) and soak veggies for 10 minutes. Rinse.

(Again another good sink cleaner and drain deodorizer. Add a little baking soda when done w/ cleaning produce. Scrub with a clean dish cloth. Then drain and rinse.)

Hydrogen Peroxide:
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide and you have a veggie/fruit wash. Rinse after a few minutes, then consume.

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Hi , a few years ago I went to see "the juice man" & the advice that he gave [ which I have used ever since ] was in a large clean bowl, dissolve 4 Tablsp of table salt, when it has dissolved add the juice of 1/2 of a large lemon, this makes an acid wash , leave larger items for 2o min' & berries for 10 min, I leave grapes for 20 min as they have been sprayed SO many times, you must rinse everything REALLY well, hope this helps you.

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By kayray (Guest Post)
May 1, 20080 found this helpful

My sister-in-law uses a very weak bleach solution. Maybe a tablespoon in a gallon of water?

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May 1, 20080 found this helpful

I keep two spray bottles in the kitchen. One with peroxide and the other with white vinegar. I spray with peroxide and then the vinegar and then rinse.


I have an Iguana and a bird here as well as me being vegetarian so there is lots of produce being washed. This works well :)

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