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Does it Work-Vegetable Fruit Wash? 
Nov. 11, 2012 10:28 am 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2012 8:56 am

  Yesterday, I was reading a buzz question from Allie Geek PI about washing grapefruit. 

AllieGeekPi question about washing grapefruit.

Then, it just so happened I was going to make lemon bars today. I pulled out the lemons I bought and  a warning label caught my attention.  After viewing this warning label on the lemons, it made me think perhaps I should wash the lemons to remove the waxes and other unwanted coatings. I usually just wash fruits with water.


I saw a vegetable wash on pinterest and I decided to try it. I of course tweaked the recipe because I wanted to use my salad spinner.

The orginal recipe for the Vegetable Wash:

Vegetable Wash which came from Jo-Anna's blog: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs Blog

I decided to use cider vinegar as suggested by Cactus Rose on Buzz.

I added 4 quarts (16 cups) of lukewarm water to my salad spinner, then added 1/3 cup of  apple cider vinegar.  This filled my salad spinner approximately 3/4 full.    



After 10 minutes there was floating stuff in my water. Here is a close up of the water. Then I rinsed it off with water.


It did make me feel better. Does it work? What do you think?

There are other vegetable washes here on AR

This one uses lemon juice and baking soda:

Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash

This one uses vinegar as a spray:

Vinegar Based Fruit and Vegetable Wash

The Dirty Dozen

I think I am going to visit the organic section in the grocery store after reading about The Dirty Dozen which are the top fruits and vegetables that are best to eat organic due to high level of pesticides. In the spring, I would like to grow a garden to have some control on what I eat.

Washing lemons with vinegar
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Nov. 11, 2012 2:43 pm
Thanks for an interesting post!
Nov. 11, 2012 4:22 pm
that might be wax they put on them to make them shiny.
Nov. 11, 2012 6:55 pm
I admit to being paranoid when it comes to fruit and veggies I don't grow. Last year I washed my storebought melons off with soap and water then used 2 different knives and cutting boards. Then saw the health hazard the cantalopes had going on didn't feel so paranoid then. Glad you posted about the different washes will have to try them!
Nov. 12, 2012 6:16 am
Doc-thanks for stopping by.
Nov. 12, 2012 6:16 am
King-I think you are right about the wax.
Nov. 12, 2012 6:22 am
Cat Hill, you are welcome. In Colorado, we had the cantaloupe recall in 2011. I think washing the melons is precautionary measure I would use, too.
Nov. 12, 2012 6:34 am
Good blog, Lela . . . There are a few science based studies done on this topic where they contaminate fruit & vegetables with pathogens, and then use water, home mixes, and commercial washes. Search “Kilonzo-Nthenge et al” as that will lead you to science based literature if so inclined. The conclusion is that immersing in water and scrubbing with brush yields just as good a result as anything else while saving you money. I still spray fruits and veggies w/ 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water before immersing in water and scrubbing. One other point . . . it may seem counter intuitive, but it is widely suggested not to use soap and detergents to wash fruits and veggies as residues may remain. If familiar with herbicide applications, liquid soap is used as an alternative adjuvant (a/k/a surfactant or spreader-sticker) since it makes the herbicide better stick to the plant, and that seems to me to be the opposite of what is trying to be accomplished.
Nov. 12, 2012 6:52 am
ConkeyJoe-Thanks for the information. I will read up on the science based literature. I for sure didn't want to spend money on the vegetable washes that are sold in the store. I like your easy spray of vinegar 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar.
Nov. 12, 2012 12:04 pm
I have plenty of vinegar around for cooking and cleaning so I have may have to switch over!
Nov. 12, 2012 5:55 pm
Cat Hill-I always have vinegar, so using vinegar always more convenient for me to use. I don't always have lemons.
Nov. 18, 2012 10:56 am
Lemons around here can get pricey sometimes so I don't have them either but I do love my vinegar. Especially since I discovered that it keeps the swelling down when I get stung! It is a must have in the kitchen for me!
Nov. 18, 2012 12:46 pm
Cat Hill-another use for vinegar! Thanks!
Nov. 18, 2012 11:49 pm
I do this in my sink, but use white vinegar since I keep gallons on hand. I like the spray idea, I have to be careful with my bell peppers since they seem to leak the solution inside (I usually wash just before I use them) but the spray would help for when I want it all done at once. I try to keep as much clean and ready to go as I can since I've noticed my family eats more fruits and veggies if there's no prep involved. Thanks.
Nov. 21, 2012 8:56 am
Liz-I agree with you on prepping vegetables ahead of time. My family will also eat fruits and veggies if they are already prepared. Thanks for stopping by.
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