DIY Homemade Vegetable Wash/ Preserver

July 18, 2013 11 Comments

Get produce that lasts longer, gets cleaner, and stays fresher with this cleaner.

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I love gardening but hate sharing my fresh produce with the little creepy crawlies hiding in it.  A few years ago I found a recipe for veggie cleaners and preservers.  I have used them for years and they are amazing!  My fruits and vegetables come out cleaner and fresher looking than just rinsing plus they last longer.  Not to mention they draw out the bugs that like to hide in produce!  It also removes a lot of residue like wax, chemicals, pesticides and other matter quickly and easily.  The best part is it is natural so you are not ingesting any harmful chemicals.

SPRAY

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into a Spray Bottle.  You might want to do it over a sink because it will foam up a little.
  2. Shake gently to mix,
  3. Spray on veggies or fruit allow to sit for about 2-5 minutes.
  4. Rinse under cold water.

This soak is my favorite.  Usually when I would pick lettuce or parsley it would wilt quickly, not to mention the bugs that would be hiding in it.  I’m amazed how much dirt comes off vegetables that seem to be clean when I use this wash!  It also helps produce to last longer and stays crisp and fresh!  I actually use this for all of my fruits and veggies and I LOVE IT!

SOAK

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt

Directions

  1. Fill a clean sink or a Large Bowl with cold water.
  2. Add in vinegar and salt, then swish around with hands (you can also do this in a large bowl).
  3. Place the fruit and/or veggies in and allow to sit for 25-30 minutes.  This will not effect the flavor at all, the vinegar cleans and the salt draws out any little bugs, dirt and other small unwanted things, it also will remove some of the wax.  
  4. Rinse under cold water and dry.  This job is made super easy using a Collander to hold the produce in while you soak it then you can drain and rinse easily.

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Comments

  1. Does it matter why type of salt?

  2. Stupid Question: Do you use both the spray and soak? Or is it a personal preference to which one you use?

    • I use the soak for things that have potentially lots of bugs like berries or brocolli. I use the spray for fruit or veggies like apples, plums, cucumbers, you know big things. It takes the waxy coating off the store produce too.

  3. I have read other recipes for produce wash and they say that strawberries (and other produce like it) if soaked to long will take on the flavor of the vinegar, has any had an issue with this?

  4. Melinda ~ rinsing strawberries & other quick-to-perish produce in a vinegar solution will add longevity – several days. I leave the vinegar on the berries & rinse them just prior to eating. Rarely do I throw away moldy produce. Great product & very inexpensive. Enjoy.

  5. Does the soak work for fruits as well, like blueberries and strawberries? Or strictly leafy vegetables also. Looking for a soak to clean produce (as opposed to my normal faucet rinse). Thanks in advance!

    • It totally works for strawberries and all fruit! My strawberries last for weeks instead of days when I use this.!

  6. How long does this last? Do you have to make a new batch each time you want to wash your veggies?

    • Thanks for the tips but I ditto Jenny’s questions. Thanks again!

    • For the spray I make a batch and leave it in the fridge, it lasts for a few months at my house. I’ve never had it go bad. For the wash I usually make it up every time. It is so easy and I usually have a lot of produce. You could mix the vinegar and salt and keep it in a jar then just measure it into water when you needed it. It shouldn’t go bad because both vinegar and salt are preservatives.

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