Oh, you dirty produce!

Organic fruits and veggies can be costly. ALL organics can be costly. I’m still unsure if it’s a law of supply and demand or retailers simply know us “greenies” are willing to pay a bit more.

However, I recently ran across a great, made-at-home solution that can help our NON-organics become a little safer and decrease that oh-so-appetizing covering of pesticides! (Isn’t it crazy that our healthiest, freshest foods come with a layer of chemicals?!?! Blech!)

It’s from Sophie Uliano, a passionate environmentalist, of Gorgeously Green. I’m not really an avid Oprah girl, but Sophie was featured on her Earth Day episode. She tells us to use this spray to make sure your fruits and vegetables are squeaky clean! Wash the produce thoroughly and make this concoction.


* 1 cup water

* 1 cup distilled white vinegar

* 1 Tbsp. baking soda

* 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (*available at your local health food store)

Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray the mixture on the produce, and rinse thoroughly after 5 to 10 minutes.

I love it! And it sounds simple enough to me! Don’t feel bad if you can’t afford organics…just give it a try and clean that dirty produce!

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3 thoughts on “Oh, you dirty produce!

  1. Honestly, virtually everyone – from Consumer Reports to Environmental Working Group – says the best way to deal with pesticides on most fruits and vegetables is just to rinse them several times in running water. Produce with a peel – cukes, apples, potatoes, etc. – will benefit from a rough scrubbing. But for everything else, the simplest and most effective remedy (other than buying organic) is to rinse in running water several times!

  2. Diana – I’ve heard a lot of conflicting reports on that. Some organics aren’t even really necessary, when they have thick coverings or hard rinds — melons, bananas, asparagus even. But for produce like strawberries, spinach, etc. I like taking a little extra step…it’s all eco-friendly, so what could it hurt? Rinsing just doesn’t seem like it could do the trick completely.

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