Many people in Glendale, AZ are going organic these days, but it can be hard to afford an all-organic lifestyle when it comes to buying fruits and vegetables. In addition, the organic selection at the grocery stores can be limited, especially at certain times of the year, so you are forced to buy non-organic produce. I find it is helpful to be able to remove some of the pesticides that coat the outsides of non-organic produce!
DIY Produce Wash
Did you know that removing pesticides can be as simple as vinegar and water? It's true just two simple ingredients to healthier & cleaner food!
Fill up your kitchen sink or a large bowl with 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water. Let your fruits/vegetables soak in this mixture for up to an hour (non-organic apples can soak for an additional 30 minutes to an hour). Remove the produce from the mixture, rinse with water, and they are ready to eat!
Take a peek at the leftover “soaking water” after this process – you should be able to see all of the gunk that came off the produce! This mixture also helps to extend the life of your fruits and vegetables so that they last longer without spoiling.
DIY Produce Spray
This pesticide-removing natural spray is very simple to make with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen!
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons baking soda
Mix these ingredients until the all baking soda has dissolved, and pour into a clean spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto your fruits and vegetables, and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the mixture off, and enjoy your produce!