The Best Methods for Cleaning Produce

Learn the best methods for cleaning produce in this informational blog post. This is important, because while most of us know organic is best, many of us can’t afford the higher prices. In addition, many grocery stores only offer a few varieties of organic fruits and vegetables, leaving us with no choice but to buy non organic produce. No matter how hard you try to buy and consume 100% organic, it’s almost impossible to be perfect in this area. But you can clean non organic produce with proper washing methods, so don’t give up!

Appropriately washing non organic produce is especially important if you’re going on a juice fast. These methods of cleaning your non organic fruits and vegetables remove most of the harmful agricultural chemicals and bacteria. Below are four of the best methods to properly wash your fruits and vegetables.

4 Best Methods for Washing Fruits and Vegetables

1. Lemon Bath

What you need: 4 tablespoons of sea salt, juice of one lemon, water

Procedure: Fill sink or bowl with cold water, add salt and lemon juice*. Soak fruits and vegetables for at least 10 minutes. Once you are done soaking, rinse produce under cold running water.

*If you don’t have lemon, substitute ¼ cup of white vinegar

2. HCL Bath

What you need: 1 ounce of hydrochloric acid (HCL)*, 3 quarts of water

*HCL is available at most hardware stores

Procedure: Add HCL to water in bowl or sink. Mix to create a 1% HCL solution. Soak produce in solution for at least ten minutes. Rinse produce thoroughly with cold running water.

3. Boiling Path

What you need: Boiling water, Heat-Safe Bowl, Tongs*

* This method should not be used on fragile vegetables or fruit!

Procedure: Add boiling water to bowl. Be careful not to overfill. Using the tongs, dip vegetables into boiling water for 5-10 seconds. After dipping, rinse under cold running water. This method helps removes germs and wax from fruits and vegetables.

4. Baking Soda Bath

What you Need: 1 teaspoon of baking soda, two cups of water, bowl

Procedure: If you need more than two cups of water to cover produce, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every two cups of water. Mix baking soda with water in large bowl. Soak fruits and vegetables for 10-15 minutes, then rinse produce under cold running water.

Step 4. Baking Soda Bath

Sea Salt vs Table Salt

Use Sea Salt, not table salt for these produce washing methods! Sea salt is a natural disinfectant. Unlike table salt, sea salt does not contain unnatural additives and sea salt is not processed to eliminate essential minerals.

Timing and Scrubbing

Soak all fruits and vegetables for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re not pressed for time, remember 15 minutes is optimal for the removal of toxic chemicals and bacteria from your produce.

In addition, purchasing a scrubber will help you remove built-up waxes and harmful pesticides from non organic fruits and vegetables. Scrubbers are not expensive, so don’t hesitate to add this handy tool to your list!

Bye Bye, Poisons/Hello, Love

In conclusion, there is always a plan B! When you can’t find or afford organic fruits and vegetables, just wash them properly.

Washing non organic fruits and vegetables is simple, cheap, and practical.

Taking the time to rid your fruits and vegetables of most of the toxic chemicals and bacteria is extremely important for your overall health.

Take time to give your body love, it goes a long way!

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