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April 24, 2017

DIY Fruit and Vegetable Wash

by Anne Paddock

There are all kinds of fancy and beautifully packaged fruit and vegetable wash products on the market that make all kinds of claims pertaining to effectiveness of removing pesticide residue but the best, most effective, and least expensive wash can be made at home by simply using vinegar, water combined with white vinegar, water combined with salt, or just plain tap water.

Nutrition Facts ( – a science-based, non-profit 501 (c) (3) that provides  free updates on the latest in nutrition research in short videos so that the public doesn’t have to spend hours pouring over medical research studies – recently reported the results (a 5-minute video) of the effectiveness of commercial fruit and vegetable washes to clean vegetables compared to water, white vinegar, water mixed with white vinegar, and water mixed with salt. The most effective way to remove pesticide residuals:  use full strength 5% acidity white vinegar. A gallon costs $2-$3 depending on the brand.

The overwhelming evidence showed that commercial fruit and vegetable washes are NOT more effective than the four do-it-yourself washes made with products that are already in the pantry (i.e. vinegar) or that can be made at home. So, wash those fruits and vegetables with vinegar, water mixed with white vinegar (9-1/2 cups of water to 1/2 cup of white vinegar), water mixed with salt (9 cups of water mixed with 1 cup of salt), or just plain tap water. But, be sure to rinse the fruits and vegetables with water after using any of the mixtures made with vinegar or salt so there are no flavor residues.

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