Fruit and Vegetable Wash Recipe


This fruit and vegetable wash recipe was passed on to the celiac support group I attend by the woman who spoke about organic food at our last meeting.

It is important to wash your fruit and vegetables, especially when they are not organic.  Washes contain citric acid and surfactants to remove wax, soil, and agricultural chemicals.

Fruit & Vegetable Wash Recipe
  • 8 ounces water
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
  1. Put the water in a spray bottle.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Close the bottle and gently shake.
  4. Spray it directly onto food and rub it with your hands or a vegetable brush.
  5. Rinse well.

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Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. The Gluten-free 'Dish' says:

    good idea to share! I use grapeseed extract for all-purpose cleaning.

  2. This is probably a good recipe, but it isn't convenient for everyone. Some health food stores and markets sell food-safe cleaners to remove oil-based residues that are not entirely water-soluble, such as pesticides, waxy preservatives, and oils from the hands of shoppers who search for the most appealing fruits and vegetables. Oddly enough, the FDA currently dos not recommend using anything besides water. This consumer education video provides more information about the produce washing controversy.  Has anyone come across any good data about the health consequences of these oil-based residues?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The FDA also currently hasn't banned
    bottles w/ BPA.. AND approves of putting aspartame in gum.. Though BOTH have been found repeatedly harmful. Me included! It's not so odd that the "FDA currently doesn't recommend using anything besides water".. Can we really trust the FDA as "the standard" of what's safe?

    I don't think so.

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