A natural produce cleaner is a healthy choice.
Eating more fruits and vegetables is always a good thing, right? It may not be if you are consuming pesticides or harmful bacteria. Here are some natural produce cleaners that won’t cost much money, so you can bite into that apple and enjoy its natural goodness.
Fruits and vegetables may contain any number of pesticides. Studies have shown pesticides are found in our blood work and the most likely way they end up there is from the food we consume. You need a better produce cleaner.
It’s important to note that organic foods still contain pesticides – let that soak in for a moment. The difference is organic foods’ pesticides are derived from natural sources. That doesn’t necessarily make them safer since some studies show natural pesticides can cause harm to animal life. Regardless of whether you purchase organic produce or not, a natural produce cleaner will give you peace of mind.
Both organic and non-organic produce can have harmful bacteria or microorganisms on them. This is why it is imperative that we wash our produce to remove these hijackers. Vinegar, an ingredient in produce washes, is a natural antibacterial agent. Studies have shown Distilled White Vinegar is an effective natural produce cleaner, removing over 90% of bacteria.
Organic foods can be a better option because they may have fewer pesticides. In addition to pesticides, any produce, whether it’s organic or not, may contain bacteria from insects, animals or natural fertilization that have been near the produce. This is why it is important to wash all produce, even stuff from your own garden.
Rinsing your produce with water is effective at removing most pesticides, but the following recipes allow the removal of other bacteria and stubborn pesticides that need scrubbed away.
Homemade Produce Cleaner Recipes
Using a 2:1 ratio mix 1 part distilled white vinegar with 2 parts water in a bowl or pan. Soak the produce in your homemade produce cleaner for about 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. You can add 1 tablespoon of salt or baking soda for every cup of vinegar and water to add some great scrubbing action to clean the produce. Salt is a great way to remove any bugs that could be clinging to your produce.
You can also create a spray for your produce by using the same ingredients and adding them to a spray bottle. Spray the produce and let it soak for 5-10 minutes then thoroughly rinse with water.
Please make sure that the vinegar you use has its ingredients listed from grains. If the vinegar bottle does not show that it comes from grains, it could be derived from petroleum or natural gas. The FDA reports on its website that most of the distilled spirits or ethyl alcohol used in the production of vinegar comes from natural gas or petroleum.
Heinz vinegar is one brand that states it is made from natural sun-ripened grains.
If you are looking for a way to make sure the produce that you buy is pesticide free, give these tips a try. After all, we can all benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables.
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