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Homemade Produce Cleaning Spray

Cleaner Eats: Spritz Up the Produce

Wouldn't it be nice to live on a farm with your own garden patch out back? You could walk out the door, pick your tomatoes, and never worry about a pesticide ever touching your salad. But alas, most of us don't have that luxury. In that case, the best advice is to buy organic, especially when buying the dirty dozen, or to give your veggies and fruit a good wash before popping them in your mouth. While scrubbing a potato is quite easy, it's the more fragile berries and delicate leaves that often leave me scratching my head instead of the food. Thanks to Dr. Oz, I've got a new trick up my sleeve.

As simple as saying 1, 2, 3, you can concoct your own solution in a bottle and keep it handy on the counter top for easy produce washing. Every time you get home from the grocery, you can spritz it on your food, let it sit for five minutes, and rinse it off.
Want to see how to make it?

Dr. Oz's Produce Cleaning Solution

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon

In addition to helping rinse away the yucky stuff, the lemon juice in the mixture can also help keep the food fresh and extend the shelf life. If, however, you're looking for something even more simple, you can try using just plain vinegar and water. Tell me how you clean your goods.

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
So I just made this and the chemical reaction between the acids and the soda will simply not stop. lol I was suspicious anyway, but I thought it must be right, if it says so on the internet :P I'll leave out the baking soda next time.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Thanks for this tip! Now i only need to find a spray bottle somewhere.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I usually just use baking soda and water. The vinegar helps, though. I like the idea of putting lemon juice in it--thanks for the tip!
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