|Have you ever been in the produce department and seen someone pick their nose…….and THEN pick their cantaloupe? Well honey, I have. And I’ve also been in the bathroom and seen tons of ladies leave without washing their hands. I want to scream after them “HEY! Come back! You forgot to wash your hands!” But seriously, think about all the people who have handled that apple before you…..did they wash? Did they pick…..something? Probably. So, it’s not far fetched to realize that you should be cleaning your fruits and vegetables before you eat them. I used to just wash mine under running water, but that doesn’t cut it for me anymore (see booger reference above). If I get something from my parents or from a friend, I figure washing it with water is pretty safe. But, to cover my butt (and not pick it) I’ve started making fruit and veggie wash to get rid of all the germs that might still be lurking. It’s very easy and includes one of my favorite things……white vinegar. Shocking, right?|
|You’ll need a spray bottle (I used and 8-oz. bottle), white vinegar and lemon juice. You can use fresh lemon juice, but I didn’t have any for this picture. I’m a slacker. I only used a small spray bottle because you’ll need to make a new batch about every two weeks. Leaving it at room temperature makes the lemon juice lose its potency. If you use fresh lemon, throw the peeling down the disposal to make it smell lemony fresh instead of like dead animal. Oh and just so you know, a whole potato won’t grind up in a garbage disposal…..or so I’ve been told by OTHER PEOPLE. *Cough*
|To your bottle add one tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of white vinegar. White vinegar just rocks my face off.|
|Fill the rest of your bottle up with water. Put the top on and give it a little shake. Shake baby shake.|
|Spray your fruits or vegetables down with the spray and then let them sit a minute. If you’re cleaning a waxy vegetable, you might have to scrub it a little bit. Waxy vegetable…..that just doesn’t sound appetizing at all.
|After a minute, rinse your item under running water. Make sure you rinse it very well. A bite of vinegar apple wouldn’t taste very well…..and it might keep your kids from trying them ever again.
A few notes:
-Don’t use this solution on mushrooms. They absorb things really fast, so they would take on a vinegar taste. Just use water for them.
-Porous fruits (peaches and berries) might absorb the lemon juice so spray them and then wash immediately without waiting a minute.
-The acid in white vinegar neutralizes pesticides
-Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant
|Mommy Stacy says to tell you that you should wash ALL your fruits and vegetables – even your bananas, cantaloupes, and watermelons (think salmonella). Yes, you take the rind off but you’re still touching it and then touching the fruit on the inside. Tons of diseases are transferred through fruit and vegetables, so keep yourself safe and wash. Oh, and wash your hands after you use the bathroom too.|
Homemade Veggie/Fruit Wash
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsps white vinegar
1 cup water
Mix together. Store in a spray bottle. Spray down fruits and vegetables, let sit one minute, and then rinse under running water. See notes above for specific rules when using.