Honestly I am a fan of homegrown, organic produce.
We have 1/3 of an acre lot, and we have planted and eaten a variety of produce grown in our yard.
Fruits like peaches, blackberries, pears and figs.
Vegetables like tomatoes, sweet peas, zucchini, lettuce, spinach and so on.
But with a family of 5, we still buy plenty of produce at the store.
Although I am always on the lookout for marked down organic produce,
truth is, we can't always fill our cart with it.
So our next best option is to wash our produce with our homemade produce wash.
It's easy, effective, affordable and safe for us and our environment.
Here is how to make yours.
First of all, combine all the produce you wish to wash.
Then use a 3:1 water:vinegar ratio.
Vinegar is a potent antibacterial and is completely safe for our bodies.
For example 6 cups of water to 2 cup of vinegar.
Let your produce soak in the water mix for about 15-20 minutes.
then drain and let the produce air dry.
I will be mostly dry after few minutes.
I tend to wash the produce together the day I buy it,
so it's ready to be used when I need it.
I have been doing this for years.
I read different sources in the past that claim the concentration of vinegar removes the majority (up to 98% of residues on the outer skin, if I remember correctly) of the "stuff" found on the produce skin.
Honestly, even you I buy organic, I still do the wash, because the outer skin of the produce comes in contact with many hands between the tree/plant and you.
This process is super easy.
I get the produce soak in the mix as I put the rest of my grocery up.
So there is really no waste of time.
I am a fan of vinegar,
as I use it for many, many things around the house, as it is a great natural antibacterial.
And it's only about $3-4 per gallon jug.