This is the time of year that you probably have tons of vegetables, which means you’re doing a lot of vegetable cleaning. Do you know what the primary ingredient in all of those expensive commercial vegetable and fruit washes is? I’ll give you a hint, it is common natural cleaning agent and it is also used to make salad dressing.
Did you guess vinegar? Man you’re smart! So, at this point, I hope you’re asking yourself, “Why do I pay a bunch of money for something that I could easily make at home?” Good question. You shouldn’t!
Here’s how you can make your own vegetable wash. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt and put it in a spray bottle. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the mixture and then scrub gently with a brush you use just for produce. Then rinse with water.
For fruits with soft skins or nooks and crannies where dirt, bugs and pesticides can hide (artichokes, broccoli, etc) fill a bowl the the mixture described above and let the vegetables soak for a few minutes. Then rinse with water. Just don’t soak mushrooms because they absorb liquids when soaking.