Written By :Vegan Out The Mud
Have you been washing your fruits and vegetables after bringing them home from the grocery store? I’m not talking about a rinse under hot water for 20 seconds, I mean a real wash. Even before people became more conscious of germs, this has been common practice for a lot of people but not all.
Think about it: when you were searching for the perfect mango, how many different ones did you squeeze? How many onions did you check to find the perfect one? Now imagine how many people have been in the grocery store before you doing the same thing and there’s no telling where their hands have been.
The best way to combat those germs is to thoroughly bathe your food in a produce wash.
Some grocery stores sell pre-made washes like Winco and Trader Joe’s but you can make your own at home wash using apple cider vinegar and and baking soda.
Before you freak out about baking soda, it’s in your toothpaste and you’re not going to be swallowing pints of it. The chemicals in baking soda work to sterilize teeth while the gritty texture of it safely exfoliates teeth without removing enamel. The same applies to your fruits and vegetables.
Apple cider vinegar like any vinegar has a high acidity level. The acidity is strong enough to destroy built in scum on counters but maintains the ability to be safely consumed. This power to remove build up removes debris from outside surfaces.
1/3 Cup Apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup baking soda
Rinse all produce under hot water.
Fill bowl with produce and then fill with warm water.
Add acv & baking soda and scrub all produce in it. You’ll see things starting to float in the water.
Let it sit for 15-20min
Remove produce and rinse under warm water again and let dry.