I realized one day while walking the isle of my local supermarket that I should probably wash my fruits and vegetables--rather than just rinsing them in water. Watching people sneeze then touch the fruit to inspect it and then putting it back again kind of grossed me out.
Then I thought: I don't wash my hands in JUST water. I use soap. So I made my way over to the vegetable wash; then thought again. Hmm.... do I want to spend X dollars on this? Then I read the ingredients....most of them were unrecognizable. Then my final thought: I'd almost rather take my chances with regular everyday bacteria than chemicals my body would never recognize to fight off anyway. So I put the veggie wash back on the shelf.
While reading one of the 'tip' articles in my Cuisine at Home magazine a few months ago a reader had suggested just mixing vinegar and water to spray on vegetables. Genius. It's cheap...and totally safe. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. In fact, it's what is used to clean my wood floors too!
No sense in wasting money on veggie washes, chances are you have the perfect ingredient to wash your fruits and veggies safely at home!
Vinegar Fruit and Veggie Wash
2 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 pint water
Directions: Mix vinegar and water together. You can put in a spray bottle or bowl and scrub clean and then rinse with water.
What a great tip. You're right about using something "toxic" to clean our food, yet water on its own is barely enough. Thanks for the advice!
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