I wish that we could get all of our fruits and veggies straight from a farm and onto our table. Unfortunately, not only does our location in the US make that difficult during certain seasons but there are also times where we are either hindered by time or financial considerations. Sound familiar? I’m willing to bet most people can relate to this on at least some level!
For those reasons, I’ve always been a fan of using a fruit and vegetable rinse on our store bought produce (even organic…apparently it is allowed to spray pesticides on organic produce during transportation) .
Like many things, I used to by the versions from the grocery store but then I got to thinking about how I was spraying more chemicals onto things I was trying to get chemicals off of. Now that just seems a bit silly, no?
(Plus, when you compare the price savings between this and what I used to get from the store, I can put that money towards high quality ingredients instead!)
This recipe has outperformed all store-bought fruit and vegetable rinses I’ve ever gotten. Not only do I feel completely comfortable in how clean and chemical-free in makes my produce but it takes just a few minutes to whip up!
- 1 cup boiled distilled (preferable) or tap water, cooled to room temperature
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (I like Bragg’s ACV)
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 8-10 drops tea tree oil essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
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1. Boil your water, pour it into a mixing bowl or jar, and then allow to cool until room temperature.
2. Once the water has cooled, add the apple cider vinegar and the white vinegar. Stir well.
3. Add in the tea tree oil and lemon essential oil and mix well again.
4. Decant into a spray top bottle and store by the sink.
You can use this rinse in two ways:
1. Place produce in a colander, spray with the homemade fruit and vegetable rinse, and wash off well with water.
2. Fill a large mixing bowl with water, add a 1/4-1/3 cup of the fruit and vegetable rinse, and then add in your produce. Let soak for several minutes and then use your hands to rub the fruit and vegetable skin well. Finally rinse everything off with running water.
The reason I use both ACV and white vinegar is because of their different acid compositions. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle, you can just use one of the other. I also boil the water ahead of time or used distilled so that bacteria is less likely to grow in the spray…though with the vinegars and the tea tree oil, it’s much less likely to begin with.