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quick tip use vinegar to wash produce

We eat a lot of produce around here! I know it is important to clean the produce well to limit exposure to pesticides and get all of the dirt off. I have been tempted to buy a solution meant to clean produce a few times, but always felt it was too expensive. Then, I learned that vinegar does a great job of cleaning produce!

It is so easy. You will fill your sink with water and add (1) cup of vinegar. Add your produce and let it sit for 10 minutes. The water will be dirty, showing you that this works! Next, you will rinse your produce and sit it on kitchen towels to dry.

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    • crystalgoodwin3

      Does white vinegar work best?
      I think I remember it has more acid in it.

      • Greg

        All commercial vinegar is cut to achieve a 5% acidity. Craft vinegar, or ones with the “mother” still in it, may be more. Of course those are too expensive to use for this purpose so stick with white vinegar- it’s the cheapest.

    • Stephanie C

      This may be a dumb question- but does it leave it tasting like vinegar? What about using it on fruits like grapes and strawberries?

    • cakewalkingmother

      I’ve also heard that you should only was what you plan on using right away in a meal–damp produce encourages mold and decay. hth

      • cakewalkingmother

        *wash

    • Lana

      I have a Norwex Fruit and veg cloth that will remove the wax from apples and cucumbers. I also do the soaking and it is disgusting what is on leaf lettuce especially.

    • Stephanie

      I do this with produce right when I get home from the store. BUT I soak all of it for atleast an hour. Rinse and then lay on towels to completely dry. My fruit and veggies keep very good and for atleast a week after doing this.
      I accidentally left apples soaking over night and when we woke up there was so much stuff floating in the water! So I might start soaking longer then a hour. The apples tasted nothing like vinegar either! The fruit and veggies never have a after taste after doing this. I would recommend this to anyone!

    • laini

      Thanks! However, I’d be concerned that the typical kitchen sink (including mine) is germier than most produce. I wash in a large bowl.

      • couponmama3

        Me too…at least our sink. ;) I was thinking a plastic dish pan probably would fit down in the sink nicely & hold quite a bit of produce & water. Great idea- I was wanting a better way to wash my veggies (instead of just plain water).

      • Betsy

        I put my produce in a bowl with the vinegar water mix in the sink to sit. Also I do one type of produce at a time.

    • untbunny

      A rub with baking soda works as well. Plus fruit and veg tend to keep more color after using baking soda.

    • ME

      Jenny, what type of vinegar is best….apple cider or distilled? Thanks!

    • Linda Fassnacht

      okay, I want to tell you what I started doing. The stuff you can buy, Fit, is mainly grapefruit oil. I began making my own kitchen cleaner using citrus peels and white vinegar. After a while, I got to thinking, um, isn’t this pretty much the same thing? So now my homemade cleaner has dual use! It is so easy to spray it on an apple, or a handful of strawberries, tomatoes, grapes, etc, quick and easy!